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Petrel 1
Part of Petrel Family
British sounding rocket. Petrel was a larger sounding rocket built by Bristol Aerojet using the same launch technique as Skua. Three Chick rockets blasted the upper stage and payload out of a 10-m long launch tube. The 4.5 kN Lapwing second stage burned for 30 seconds. A unique aspect was that the Chick boosters could be recovered and reloaded with propellant.

AKA: Petrel. Payload: 18 kg (39 lb). Thrust: 20.00 kN (4,496 lbf). Gross mass: 130 kg (280 lb). Height: 3.34 m (10.95 ft). Diameter: 0.19 m (0.62 ft). Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

Payload: 18 kg (39 lb) to a 140 km altitude.



Country: UK. Launch Sites: Sonmiani, Andoya, South Uist, Thumba, Kiruna, El Arenosillo, Sonde Stromfjord. Stages: Chick, Lapwing. Agency: Bristol.

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