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Australian sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Gosling + 1 x Dorado

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.

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

Status: Retired 1976.
Gross mass: 400 kg (880 lb).
Height: 6.00 m (19.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.26 m (0.85 ft).
Apogee: 220 km (130 mi).
First Launch: 1975.12.04.
Last Launch: 1976.04.29.
Number: 2 .

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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...

  • 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...
  • Woomera LA2 Stonechat, Skylark, Rook, Jaguar, Black Brant, Lorikeet, Long Tom, Kookaburra, HAD, Corella, Cockatoo, Aero High launch complex. Sounding rocket launcher More...

Associated Stages
  • Cockatoo-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 200 kg. Thrust 152.00 kN. More...
  • Dorado Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 100 kg. More...

Corella Chronology

1975 December 4 - . 13:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Corella. LV Configuration: Corella C1002.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 220 km (130 mi).

1976 April 29 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Corella.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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