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Skylark 7
Part of Skylark Family
British sounding rocket. Three stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Raven 7 + 1 x Goldfinch II + 1 x Raven 11

Status: Retired 2005. First Launch: 1976-05-27. Last Launch: 2005-05-02. Number: 57 . Thrust: 191.00 kN (42,938 lbf). Gross mass: 2,100 kg (4,600 lb). Height: 12.20 m (40.00 ft). Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft). Apogee: 270 km (160 mi).



Country: UK. Launch Sites: Woomera, Woomera LA2, Salto di Quirra, Andoya, Kiruna, Kiruna S. Stages: Goldfinch II, Raven 11. Agency: British Aerospace.

1976 May 27 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • Test / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 254 km (157 mi).

1977 January 22 - . 21:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • DLR A-GR-78 Eveline Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 277 km (172 mi).

1977 February 8 - . 22:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • DLR A-GR-79 Silvia Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 272 km (169 mi).

1977 February 20 - . 21:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • DLR A-GR-80 Georgine Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 256 km (159 mi).

1977 March 16 - . 22:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • DLR A-GR-81 Christ. Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 263 km (163 mi).

1977 December 13 - . 08:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 1 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 265 km (164 mi).

1978 November 16 - . 07:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 2 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 265 km (164 mi).

1980 April 28 - . 07:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 3A Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 253 km (157 mi).

1980 November 16 - . 03:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • EBC-B E2 (ENERGY EB1) Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 231 km (143 mi).

1981 April 30 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 3B Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 253 km (157 mi).

1981 May 8 - . 05:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 4 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 258 km (160 mi).

1981 December 9 - . 21:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • EBC81 E2 (ENERGY EB2) Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 237 km (147 mi).

1982 April 29 - . 05:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 5 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 256 km (159 mi).

1982 May 8 - . 05:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 6 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 256 km (159 mi).

1983 May 5 - . 05:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 7 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 227 km (141 mi).

1983 May 13 - . 11:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 8 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 264 km (164 mi).

1984 May 3 - . 04:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 9 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 258 km (160 mi).

1984 May 15 - . 07:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 10 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 216 km (134 mi).

1985 April 27 - . 04:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 11 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 266 km (165 mi).

1985 May 6 - . 04:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 12 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 253 km (157 mi).

1986 April 30 - . 04:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 13 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 246 km (152 mi).

1986 May 12 - . 04:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 14A Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1987 May 3 - . 03:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 14B Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1987 May 9 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7. FAILURE: Failure.
  • TEXUS 15 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 252 km (156 mi).

1987 August 24 - . 16:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 D. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • Supernova X-ray telescope mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 270 km (160 mi).

1987 November 23 - . 09:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7. FAILURE: Failure.
  • TEXUS 16 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1988 May 9 - . 09:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • Testflug (BAE 1) test - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 262 km (162 mi).

1988 November 28 - . 08:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 19 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 244 km (151 mi).

1988 December 2 - . 10:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 20 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 238 km (147 mi).

1989 April 30 - . 03:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 21 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 268 km (166 mi).

1989 May 3 - . 03:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 22 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 223 km (138 mi).

1989 November 25 - . 08:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 23 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 249 km (154 mi).

1989 December 6 - . 08:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 24 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 244 km (151 mi).

1990 May 13 - . 03:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 25 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 234 km (145 mi).

1990 May 15 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 26 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 235 km (146 mi).

1990 August 2 - . 22:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • SISSI 3 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 239 km (148 mi).

1990 November 15 - . 07:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 27 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 249 km (154 mi).

1991 April 9 - . 18:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • SISSI 4 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 245 km (152 mi).

1991 November 23 - . 09:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 28 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: MBB. Apogee: 239 km (148 mi).

1992 November 22 - . 09:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 29 Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 230 km (140 mi).

1993 May 1 - . 05:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 30 Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 234 km (145 mi).

1993 November 4 - . 07:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • MASER 6 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 243 km (150 mi).

1993 November 26 - . 11:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 31 Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 257 km (159 mi).

1994 May 5 - . 04:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 32 Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 235 km (146 mi).

1994 November 30 - . 10:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 33 Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 267 km (165 mi).

1996 March 2 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 34 Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 232 km (144 mi).

1996 May 3 - . 04:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • MASER 7 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 252 km (156 mi).

1996 November 24 - . 11:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 35 Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DASA. Apogee: 267 km (165 mi).

1998 February 7 - . 07:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 36 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 238 km (147 mi).

1999 May 14 - . 11:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • MASER 8 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi).

2000 March 27 - . 11:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 37 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 243 km (150 mi).

2000 April 2 - . 07:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 38 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

2001 May 8 - . 09:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 39 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 248 km (154 mi).

2002 March 16 - . 09:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • MASER 9 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi).

2003 April 8 - . 08:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 40 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 246 km (152 mi).

2004 December 2 - . 10:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • TEXUS 41 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 227 km (141 mi).

2005 May 2 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7.
  • MASER 10 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 252 km (156 mi). Final flight of Skylark suborbital rocket. MASER 10 carried two biology experiments and three fluid physics experiments. The payload spent six minutes in microgravity and worked perfectly during the flight..


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