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Cajun Dart
Part of Deacon Family
American sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

Status: Retired 1970. First Launch: 1964-08-19. Last Launch: 1970-04-20. Number: 91 . Thrust: 36.00 kN (8,093 lbf). Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb). Height: 4.10 m (13.40 ft). Diameter: 0.17 m (0.55 ft). Apogee: 74 km (45 mi).

The Cajun-Dart chaff rocket was a two-stage dart type sounding rocket. The first stage of the Cajun-Dart was the Cajun Mod III rocket motor. The Cajun motor was 2.591 meters long and had a principal diameter of 0.165 meters. The motor, less flight hardware, weighed 77.566 kilograms with 53.752 kilograms of propellant. The nominal burning time was 2.8 seconds, with a total impulse of 11,453.4 kilogram-seconds yielded a burnout velocity of slightly over 1.524 kilometers per second at an altitude of 2.134 kilometers.

When the booster burned out, the aerodynamic differential drag caused the booster to separate from the Dart. After separation the Dart continued to coast to payload ejection. The Dart was 0.044 meters in diameter, and weighed 7.711 kilograms. The nose of the Dart was designed to have a hypersonic optimum shape to keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum. The aft end was boat-tailed, forming the interstage surfaces, as well as reducing the base drag. The payload housed inside the Dart was 655.6 cubic cm of 5-mil aluminized Mylar foil chaff cut to S-Band length.

When the Dart had reached its apogee, the payload was ejected by the use of a 145-second pyrotechnic time delay housed in the Dart's tail and initiated at launch. At 145 seconds the time delay ignited the expulsion system which ejected the Dart nose cone and the chaff payload by forcing a piston the full length of the Dart. The chaff was then free to drift with the wind as it fell. The Cajun-Dart system was launched from a rail type launcher.

The Cajun-Dart igniter consisted of a tube containing two U. S. Flare 209 Squibs, 7.5 grams of ignition powder, and 90 grams of USF 2A granules. The two squibs were wired in parallel and were of the one amp, one watt type.



Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Cape Canaveral, Eglin. Stages: Cajun. Agency: Thiokol.

1964 August 19 - . 19:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1964 August 21 - . 19:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1964 August 24 - . 17:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1964 August 28 - . 18:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1964 October 1 - . 10:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1964 October 16 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart. FAILURE: Failure.
1964 October 22 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 February 17 - . 19:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 February 24 - . 15:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 February 26 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 March 5 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 March 10 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 March 10 - . 19:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 March 17 - . 17:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 March 24 - . 17:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 March 31 - . 17:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 April 7 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 April 14 - . 17:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 April 17 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 April 21 - . 17:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 April 28 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 May 12 - . 19:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 May 26 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 June 2 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 June 11 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 June 16 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 June 23 - . 17:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 June 30 - . 15:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 July 7 - . 15:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 July 14 - . 17:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart. FAILURE: Failure.
1965 July 21 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 July 23 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 July 28 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 August 13 - . 17:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 August 18 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 August 25 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 September 1 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 September 9 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 September 17 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 September 22 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 September 29 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 October 6 - . 17:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 October 13 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 October 20 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 October 27 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 November 1 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 November 8 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 November 17 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 November 24 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 November 29 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 December 8 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 December 17 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1965 December 22 - . 16:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 January 5 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 January 12 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 January 19 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 January 27 - . 17:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 February 19 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 February 22 - . 11:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 February 25 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 February 26 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 April 15 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
  • B-1-2289 Robinette Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NOL. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1966 May 5 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
  • B-1-2290 Robinette Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NOL. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1966 June 16 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
  • B-1-2291 Robinette Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NOL. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1966 June 28 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
  • B-1-2292 Robinette Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NOL. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1966 July 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 July 6 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 August 24 - . 16:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1966 August 25 - . 19:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1967 January 24 - . 08:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1967 March 10 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
  • Robinette Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1967 November 8 - . 13:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1967 November 9 - . 14:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1968 January 23 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1968 April 4 - . 18:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1968 October 11 - . 20:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1968 November 20 - . 19:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 March 19 - . 17:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 March 20 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 March 23 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 March 25 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 March 27 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 March 31 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 6 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 7 - . 15:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 8 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 9 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 15 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 16 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 17 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.
1970 April 20 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Cajun Dart.

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