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Rook II


Solid rocket stage. 300.00 kN (67,443 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,057 kg (2,330 lb).

AKA: Rook.
Status: Retired 1972.
Gross mass: 1,057 kg (2,330 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 186 kg (410 lb).
Height: 5.40 m (17.70 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 300.00 kN (67,440 lbf).
Burn time: 5.50 s.
Number: 10 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
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Associated Launch Vehicles
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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...

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