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Cajun



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American sounding rocket. The Cajun research rocket was developed as a dimensionally-similar but higher performance successor to the Deacon.

From NASA SOUNDING ROCKETS, 1958-1968 - A Historical Summary, NASA SP-4401, 1971, by William R. Corliss

In 1956, studies at PARD indicated that the Deacon's performance could be substantially improved by substituting new propellants while still retaining the Deacon's convenient configuration and size. NACA contracted with Thiokol Chemical Corp., Elkton, Md., for the development and construction of this new motor. The name Cajun was applied to the motor by Joseph G. Thibodaux, head of the PARD rocket section and from New Orleans. The first Cajun firing occurred at Wallops Island on June 20, 1956. In size, the Deacon and Cajun were no competitors to even the smallish Wac Corporal. The Cajun was just under 264 cm (104 in.) long and weighed 75.3 kg (166 lb) before firing. The Deacon's dimensions were similar.

Failures: 33. Success Rate: 95.89%. First Fail Date: 1957-07-30. Last Fail Date: 1976-10-06. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1976.
Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).
First Launch: 1956.07.06.
Last Launch: 1976.10.06.
Number: 802 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Cajun The Cajun research rocket was developed as a dimensionally-similar but higher performance successor to the Deacon. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Thiokol American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Thiokol Corporation, Ogden, UT, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautics and Astronautics: An American Chronology of Science and Technology in the Exploration of Space 1915-1960, NASA, 1961. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautical and Astronautical Events of 1961 Report of NASA to the Committee on Science and Astronautics US House of Representatives 87th Cong 2d Sess, NASA, 1962. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Parsch, Andreas, DesignationSystems.Net, Web Address when accessed: here.

Cajun Chronology


1956 June 20 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • First Cajun research rocket. - . Nation: USA. Summary: First Cajun research rocket successfully launched at NACA Wallops Island, Va..

1958 July 28 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • Sea impact test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1961 May - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Cajun.
  • HIGHBALL II test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 February 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Cajun. LV Configuration: Cajun HIGHBALL 59.
  • HIGHBALL IIM SN 45 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 20 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Cajun. LV Configuration: Cajun HIGHBALL 61.
  • HIGHBALL IIK SN 46 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Cajun. LV Configuration: Cajun HIGHBALL 66.
  • HIGHBALL IIM SN47 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

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