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MERA


Russian sounding rocket. Two-stage small meteorological sounding rocket, consisting of two identical solid rocket motors in tandem, stabilised by fins, topped by a payload dart with instrumentation.

After second stage burnout, the dart payload separates and continues its flight independently. A timer commands a microsonde with equipment to be ejected near apogee. The microsonde measured atmospheric parameters during descent. The dart payload had a 12 kg mass, a 63 mm x 54 mm volume, and could reach a maximum height of 85 km. The microsonde and parachute weighed 1.2 kg. The only tests were carried out at Kapustin Yar in December 1992, at which time heights of 78 km were reached.

Payload: 1.20 kg (2.60 lb) to a 85 km altitude. Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1992.
Gross mass: 60 kg (132 lb).
Payload: 1.20 kg (2.60 lb).
Height: 3.20 m (10.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.0630 m (0.2060 ft).
Span: 0.16 m (0.51 ft).
Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).
First Launch: 1992.12.01.
Number: 2 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • KBP Russian manufacturer of rockets. Instrument Production Design Bureau, Tula, Russia. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • Kapustin Yar Russia's first missile test range and used for satellite launches of smaller Kosmos vehicles. V-2's launched from here in 1946 were the first ballistic missiles fired on Soviet territory. It was greatly expanded as the test site for innumerable Soviet intermediate and short range missile projects in the 1950's.. Kapustin Year was also headquarters of the first operational R-1/R-2 units, 1950-1953, and later a base for 12 operational R-14 missile launchers. Kapustin Yar was known to have been used for over 3519 major launches from 1946 to 2007. More...
  • Kapustin Yar V-2 V-2, RT-15, R-5, R-2, R-17, R-11, R-1, Pioner, MR-12, M-100, Kosmos 3, Kosmos 2, RT-1, R-13, MMR-06, MERA launch complex. V-2 Launch Area More...

Associated Stages

MERA Chronology


1992 December 1 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. Launch Vehicle: MERA.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: TsAO. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1992 December 1 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. Launch Vehicle: MERA.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: TsAO. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

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