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HJ Nike Gosling
Part of Honest John Family
American test vehicle. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x M-6 + 1 x Nike + 1 x Gosling

Status: Retired 1960. First Launch: 1960-04-26. Last Launch: 1960-10-19. Number: 3 . Thrust: 365.00 kN (82,055 lbf). Height: 10.00 m (32.00 ft). Diameter: 0.58 m (1.90 ft). Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island. Stages: M-6, Gosling, M5E1. Agency: NASA Langley.

1960 April 26 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Gosling. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Porous re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 43 km (26 mi).

1960 October 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Gosling.
  • E48 Re-entry vehicle Stability test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1960 October 19 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Gosling.
  • E48 Re-entry vehicle Stability test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).


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