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Sirocco


American sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

Failures: 9. Success Rate: 52.63%. First Fail Date: 1964-07-15. Last Fail Date: 1965-07-26. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1966.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 3.90 m (12.70 ft).
Diameter: 0.14 m (0.45 ft).
Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).
First Launch: 1964.07.15.
Last Launch: 1966.02.03.
Number: 19 .

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Associated Countries
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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Aerojet American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Aerojet, Sacramento, CA, USA. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...
  • Eglin This US Air Force proving ground and missile test range, based in Valparaiso, Florida and extending over a vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, was founded in 1935, In early 1946 the First Experimental Guided Missiles Group was activated at Eglin. The highly-instrumented Eglin Gulf Test Range supported flight tests of Bomarc, Matador, Quail, and Hound Dog cruise missiles. Both the military and NASA used Eglin to support launch of sounding rockets in support of their programs. Eglin was known to have been used for 441 launches from 1959 to 1980, reaching up to 686 kilometers altitude. The actual number of missile tests was many times greater. More...

Associated Stages

Sirocco Chronology


1964 July 15 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-4. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 9.00 km (5.50 mi).

1964 July 31 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-5. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1964 August 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-6. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1964 September 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-10. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1964 September 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-9.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi).

1964 October 8 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-13.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 54 km (33 mi).

1964 October 9 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-14. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 23 km (14 mi).

1964 November 4 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-12. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1964 December 4 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-19.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 56 km (34 mi).

1964 December 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-21.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 67 km (41 mi).

1964 December 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-22.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1965 January 19 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-27.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 74 km (45 mi).

1965 January 21 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco LW-20. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1965 March 31 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco EX-1.8.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1965 July 13 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco EX-1.8. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1965 July 26 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco EX-1.8. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1965 October 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco. LV Configuration: Sirocco EX-1.8.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1966 February 1 - . 21:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1966 February 3 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Sirocco.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

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