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Hydra-Iris
Part of IRIS Family
American sounding rocket. Two stage underwater-launched vehicle consisting of 3 x Sparrow motors in the booster stage and an Iris upper stage.

Status: Retired 1968. First Launch: 1964-08-10. Last Launch: 1968-11-03. Number: 8 . Thrust: 105.00 kN (23,604 lbf). Gross mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Height: 6.50 m (21.30 ft). Diameter: 0.61 m (2.00 ft). Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

Joint US Navy-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory project.



Country: USA. Stages: MARC 13A1, Sparrow. Agency: Livermore, NAWC.

1964 August 10 - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 34.0 N x 123.0 W. Launch Platform: T-AGM-8. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris.
  • LRL GSP-1 Magnetospheric mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 January 7 - . Launch Pad: Atlantic Ocean, 56.5 S x 27.4 W. Launch Platform: T-AGM-8. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris. FAILURE: Failure.
  • LRL SAP-1 Ionosphere/Magnesium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1965 January 26 - . 09:40 GMT - . Launch Pad: Atlantic Ocean, 35.1 S x 35.5 W. Launch Platform: T-AGM-8. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris.
  • LRL SAP-2 (SAA) Ionosphere / magnetosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 289 km (179 mi).

1965 October 28 - . 18:01 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 30.0 N x 120.0 W. Launch Platform: T-AGM-8. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris.
  • LRL BOX-2 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 194 km (120 mi).

1966 May 31 - . 17:16 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 10.0 N x 115.9 W. Launch Platform: T-AGM-8. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris.
  • LRL BOX-4 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi).

1966 October 30 - . 17:45 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 31.0 N x 133.0 W. Launch Platform: T-AGM-8. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris. FAILURE: Failure.
  • LRL BOX-5 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1968 March 20 - . 19:55 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 32.3 N x 128.0 W. Launch Platform: AVM1. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris.
  • LRL BAR-1 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 195 km (121 mi).

1968 November 3 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 27.5 N x 125.0 W. Launch Platform: T-AGM-8. LV Family: Iris. Launch Vehicle: Hydra-Iris.
  • LRL BOX-15 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 227 km (141 mi).


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