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Skua 3-0


Solid rocket stage. 80.00 kN (17,985 lbf) thrust.

Status: Retired 1981.
Unfuelled mass: 6.00 kg (13.20 lb).
Height: 0.60 m (1.96 ft).
Diameter: 0.10 m (0.32 ft).
Thrust: 80.00 kN (17,984 lbf).
Burn time: 0.20 s.
Number: 202 .

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  • Petrel 2 British sounding rocket. Improved Petrel using four Chick boosters and a lengthened Lapwing second stage which provide 4.5 kN thrust for 40 seconds. Petrel 2's were also fired as targets for missile tests at Woomera. More...

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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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