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Petrel



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Petrel
Credit: via Andreas Parsch
British sounding rocket. Petrel was a larger sounding rocket built by Bristol Aerojet using the same tube-launch technique as Skua. A total of 240 Petrels were launched from 1967-1982 from many sites around the world.

Failures: 6. Success Rate: 97.53%. First Fail Date: 1970-12-02. Last Fail Date: 1982-03-13. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1982.
Gross mass: 200 kg (440 lb).
Height: 3.30 m (10.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.19 m (0.62 ft).
Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).
First Launch: 1967.06.01.
Last Launch: 1982.08.11.
Number: 243 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Petrel Petrel was a larger sounding rocket built by Bristol Aerojet using the same tube-launch technique as Skua. A total of 240 Petrels were launched from 1967-1982 from many sites around the world. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Bristol Canadian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Bristol Aerospace Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Parsch, Andreas, DesignationSystems.Net, Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Serra, Jean-Jacques, Rockets in Europe, Web Address when accessed: here.

Petrel Chronology


1968 Q1? - . Launch Site: South Uist. Launch Vehicle: Petrel.
  • Test - . Nation: UK. Agency: SRC. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1973 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Petrel. LV Configuration: Petrel D.
  • Target - . Nation: UK. Agency: MOD. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

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