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Cockatoo
Part of Lupus Family

Australian sounding rocket. The Cockatoo solid-propellant sounding rocket replaced HAD at Woomera in 1970, and consisted of a British Gosling I first stage and an Australian Lupus 1 second stage.

Status: Retired 1976. First Launch: 1970-04-16. Last Launch: 1976-05-27. Number: 28 . Gross mass: 400 kg (880 lb). Height: 6.60 m (21.60 ft). Diameter: 0.26 m (0.85 ft). Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

A much larger vehicle than Kookaburra, Cockatoo could attain altitudes of 130 kilometers. Over sixty Cockatoos were launched during through 1975, about two-thirds of them falling sphere trials as a continuation of the earlier HAD program. Cockatoo had greater capabilities and most of its other flights were lithium-trail experiments to measure winds and turbulence at about 80 kilometers altitude. It also made measurements of ozone concentration, ultraviolet radiation and ionospheric conditions.

Four Gosling motors with canted nozzles were used as boosters for the British Thunderbird ramjet surface-to-air missile. 664 Gosling IV motors were supplied for the Thunderbird, Bloodhound, and Seaslug Mark II missiles.

For sounding rocket applications, motors were supplied with in-line nozzles. The Gosling IV had an a all up mass of 256 kg, was 3.00 m long, and 0.254 m in diameter. It produced an average thrust of 124 kN over its 3.15 second burn time.



Family: test vehicle. Country: Australia. Launch Sites: Woomera, Woomera LA2, Woomera LA1. Stages: Gosling, Lupus. Agency: WRE. Bibliography: 2.

1970 April 16 - . 06:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 April 16 - . 10:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 May 21 - . 10:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Lunar ultraviolet Ozone Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1970 May 26 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 October 21 - . 09:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 November 6 - . 03:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 November 12 - . 11:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Lunar ultraviolet Ozone Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 104 km (64 mi).

1971 March 2 - . 10:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • MPE Barium release? Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 218 km (135 mi).

1971 May 18 - . 08:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 July 19 - . 08:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 August 24 - . 09:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 September 20 - . 09:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 October 18 - . 09:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 November 8 - . 09:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 December 15 - . 10:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 February 3 - . 10:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 February 23 - . 10:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 March 22 - . 09:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 April 19 - . 10:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 May 18 - . 08:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 May 29 - . 10:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Fields mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1972 June 15 - . 08:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 July 20 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

1972 November 22 - . 22:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 131 km (81 mi).

1973 January 25 - . 01:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 122 km (75 mi).

1973 June 20 - . 23:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Li release - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1975 November 6 - . 19:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HAD. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Li release - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1976 May 27 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. LV Family: Lupus. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.

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