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Aeolus


Australian test vehicle. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Aeolus Booster + 1 x Mayfly

Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1961.
Gross mass: 600 kg (1,320 lb).
Height: 6.60 m (21.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.41 m (1.34 ft).
Thrust: 80.00 kN (17,984 lbf).
Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).
First Launch: 1958.12.04.
Last Launch: 1961.01.01.
Number: 7 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • WRE Australian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Australian Weapons Research Establishment, Australia. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Associated Launch Sites
  • Woomera After World War II British government recognized the need for a large range to test the incredible array of long-range missile systems then planned. After considering sites in Canada, it was decided that Australia would best meet the projected needs. The Long Range Weapons Establishment was created on 1 April 1947 as a joint British/Australian enterprise. 23 days later the name Woomera (an aboriginal word of axtlaxtl, or spear thrower) was selected for the new town to be built as its administrative center. Woomera town peaked at a population of 6,000 in the 1960's. Thereafter the progressive cancellation of British missile and space projects put Woomera went into sustained decline. However it played a key role in the history of rocketry, including orbital launches or launch attempts by Black Arrow, Sparta, and Europa boosters. More...

Associated Stages
  • Aeolus-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 300 kg. Thrust 80.00 kN. More...
  • Long Tom-2 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 300 kg. Thrust 62.00 kN. More...

Aeolus Chronology


1958 December 4 - . 01:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Aeolus. LV Configuration: Aeolus AL1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 78 km (48 mi).

1959? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Aeolus.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1960? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Aeolus.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1960? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Aeolus.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1960 March 23 - . 11:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Aeolus. LV Configuration: Aeolus AL5.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1961? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Aeolus.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1961? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Aeolus.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

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