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Skylark 12
Part of Skylark Family
British sounding rocket. Three stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Goldfinch + 1 x Raven 11 + 1 x Cuckoo 4. The AC version uses an uprated Goldfinch II booster. The Raven XI is loaded with 990 kg of propellant and produced 2500 kN-sec total impulse over 39 seconds. The Cuckoo IV stage provides 452 kN-sec impulse over 15 seconds.

Status: Retired 1990. First Launch: 1976-11-21. Last Launch: 1990-11-25. Number: 14 . Payload: 200 kg (440 lb). Gross mass: 2,135 kg (4,706 lb). Height: 13.00 m (42.00 ft). Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft). Apogee: 575 km (357 mi).

Payload: 200 kg (440 lb) to a 575 km altitude.



Country: UK. Launch Sites: Andoya, Kiruna, Natal, Kiruna S. Stages: Cuckoo 4, Goldfinch IIA, Raven 11. Agency: British Aerospace.

1976 November 21 - . 21:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • Supra-thermal particles Aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 715 km (444 mi).

1976 December 11 - . 00:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • UK High Latitude Campaign Aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 694 km (431 mi).

1977 October 13 - . 21:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • T / NL 3A Dagmar Aurora mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 536 km (333 mi).

1977 October 13 - . 21:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 788 km (489 mi).

1977 November 2 - . 20:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • T / NL 1B Aurora mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 541 km (336 mi).

1977 November 17 - . 21:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 718 km (446 mi).

1978 January 30 - . 21:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • T / NL 4C Gitti Aurora mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 540 km (330 mi).

1978 January 30 - . 22:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • T / NL 2D Susanne Aurora mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 541 km (336 mi).

1978 November 10 - . 04:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • VLF waves / TMA Aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 796 km (494 mi).

1984 January 27 - . 19:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • CAESAR I Auroral mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi).

1985 January 30 - . 19:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • CAESAR 2 Auroral mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 703 km (436 mi).

1985 March 3 - . 14:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Interzodiak 1 Extreme ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1988 September 3 - . 14:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • Interzodiak 2 Extreme ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 857 km (532 mi).

1990 November 25 - . 05:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • Maxus test - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 534 km (331 mi).


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