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Cajun
Part of Deacon Family
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The Cajun research rocket was developed as a dimensionally-similar but higher performance successor to the Deacon. Cajun Dart first stage.

AKA: Cajun Dart-1. Status: Retired 1976. First Launch: 1958-07-28. Last Launch: 1968-11-01. Number: 14 . Thrust: 36.00 kN (8,093 lbf). Gross mass: 75 kg (166 lb). Unfuelled mass: 22 kg (48 lb). Burn time: 3.00 s. Height: 2.60 m (8.50 ft). Diameter: 0.17 m (0.55 ft).

From NASA SOUNDING ROCKETS, 1958-1968 - A Historical Summary, NASA SP-4401, 1971, by William R. Corliss

In 1956, studies at PARD indicated that the Deacon's performance could be substantially improved by substituting new propellants while still retaining the Deacon's convenient configuration and size. NACA contracted with Thiokol Chemical Corp., Elkton, Md., for the development and construction of this new motor. The name Cajun was applied to the motor by Joseph G. Thibodaux, head of the PARD rocket section and from New Orleans. The first Cajun firing occurred at Wallops Island on June 20, 1956. In size, the Deacon and Cajun were no competitors to even the smallish Wac Corporal. The Cajun was just under 264 cm (104 in.) long and weighed 75.3 kg (166 lb) before firing. The Deacon's dimensions were similar.



Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Pogo Hi, Nike Cajun, Double Cajun T40, Terrier ASROC Cajun, Cajun Dart, Bullpup Cajun. Propellants: Solid. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, White Sands LC38. Stages: Cajun. Agency: Thiokol. Bibliography: 17, 18, 2, 563.
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1956 June 20 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • First Cajun research rocket. - . Nation: USA. First Cajun research rocket successfully launched at NACA Wallops Island, Va..

1958 July 28 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Sea impact test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1961 May - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • HIGHBALL II test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1961 November 15 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC38. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • HIGHBALL II (Zeus) - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 February 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • HIGHBALL IIM SN 45 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 20 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • HIGHBALL IIK SN 46 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • HIGHBALL IIM SN47 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1967 April 27 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • HIGHBALL MAR test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1968 Jul? - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Kangaroo - . Nation: USA. Agency: PMR. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1968 Oct? - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Kangaroo - . Nation: USA. Agency: PMR. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1968 Oct? - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Kangaroo - . Nation: USA. Agency: PMR. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1968 Nov? - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Kangaroo - . Nation: USA. Agency: PMR. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1968 Nov? - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Kangaroo - . Nation: USA. Agency: PMR. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1968 Nov? - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Kangaroo - . Nation: USA. Agency: PMR. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1968 Nov? - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Kangaroo - . Nation: USA. Agency: PMR. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).


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