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Goldfinch


Royal Ordnance solid rocket engine. Out of production. Used on Skylark launch vehicle.

Thrust (sl): 700.000 kN (157,360 lbf).

Status: Out of production.
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 700.00 kN (157,360 lbf).
Burn time: 3.70 s.
First Launch: 1964.

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Skylark British sounding rocket. The Skylark sounding rocket (originally named the Gassiot High Altitude Vehicle) was produced by the Royal Aircraft Establishment and first introduced in 1957, during the International Geophysical Year. It remained in European service until 2005. The original basic single-stage Skylark version used a Raven 1 motor (Rook derivative). The RPE Raven 1 burned 840 kg of propellant (ammonium perchlorate, polyisobutylene binder and aluminium powder) in thirty seconds with a 1450 kNs total impulse at sea level. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

Bibliography
  • Serra, Jean-Jacques, Rockets in Europe, Web Address when accessed: here.

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