Encyclopedia Astronautica
Petrel-0


Solid rocket stage. 60.00 kN (13,489 lbf) thrust.

Status: Retired 1982.
Unfuelled mass: 6.00 kg (13.20 lb).
Height: 0.60 m (1.96 ft).
Diameter: 0.10 m (0.32 ft).
Thrust: 60.00 kN (13,488 lbf).
Burn time: 0.20 s.
Number: 470 .

More... - Chronology...


Associated Countries
Associated Engines
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Skua 1 British sounding rocket. In the original Skua version, 3 Chick boosters were used. The Bantam second stage burned for 30 seconds to boost the payload to 70 km. The payload deployed a radar-reflective parachute to allow winds aloft to be measured, and readings from a thermometer were radioed to the ground. More than 900 Skua 1's were launched from 11 sites in six countries. More...
  • Petrel 1 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. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

Home - Browse - Contact
© / Conditions for Use