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Taurus Tomahawk
Part of Tomahawk Family
Taurus Tomahawk
Taurus Tomahawk
American sounding rocket. NASA two stage sounding rocket. Payload 27 kg to 590 km or 59 kg to 490 km.

Status: Retired 1987. First Launch: 1978-10-31. Last Launch: 1987-03-21. Number: 15 . Payload: 27 kg (59 lb). Thrust: 457.00 kN (102,737 lbf). Gross mass: 1,611 kg (3,551 lb). Height: 9.38 m (30.76 ft). Diameter: 0.58 m (1.90 ft). Span: 1.87 m (6.13 ft). Apogee: 590 km (360 mi).

The Honest John stage typically burns for 3.5 seconds. After a 15 second coast, the Tomahawk ignites for its 9 second burn.



Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Poker Flat, Sonde Stromfjord, Chilca PLOB. Stages: Taurus engine, TE-416. Agency: NASA Wallops.

1978 October 31 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 554 km (344 mi).

1979 March 24 - . 11:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1979 April 1 - . 10:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1980 March 16 - . 11:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • KING CRAB Plasma / barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 571 km (354 mi).

1980 March 19 - . 07:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 596 km (370 mi).

1980 March 22 - . 11:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 618 km (384 mi).

1981 March 25 - . 08:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1981 April 1 - . 09:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1982 March 15 - . 06:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1982 March 30 - . 10:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1983 March 21 - . 09:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Chilca. Launch Complex: Chilca PLOB. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1983 March 23 - . 09:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Chilca. Launch Complex: Chilca PLOB. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1985 March 14 - . 12:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1985 March 20 - . 22:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1987 March 21 - . 07:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk.
  • COPE II Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).


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