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Terrier Malemute
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Terrier Malemute
Terrier Malemute
American sounding rocket. The Terrier-Malemute launch vehicle was a high performance two-stage vehicle used for payloads weighing less than 180 kg, generally used for relatively lightweight plasma physics payloads. Payload 90 kg to 650 km or 180 kg to 420 km.

Status: Active. First Launch: 1974-11-11. Last Launch: 2004-08-15. Number: 46 . Thrust: 258.00 kN (58,000 lbf). Gross mass: 1,568 kg (3,456 lb). Height: 12.70 m (41.60 ft). Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft). Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

The first stage booster consisted of a Terrier MK 12 Mod 1 rocket motor with four 0.5 square meter fin panels arranged in a cruciform configuration. The Terrier booster had an overall diameter of 46 cm. For a payload weight of 90 kg, the longitudinal acceleration during the boost phase was 26g's.

The average thrust was 42.7 kN. The maximum thrust level was approximately 63.5 kN which resulted in a maximum longitudinal acceleration during second stage burning of 32g's for a 90 kg payload. Liftoff weight of the Terrier-Malemute launch vehicle, less payload, was approximately 1478 kg. This vehicle was usually rail launched and could be accommodated at most established launch ranges.

The Terrier-Malemute vehicle was particularly suited for lower weight payloads; performance dropped appreciably as payload weight increased. Bulbous diameter payloads could be accommodated on the Terrier-Malemute; however, the high dynamic pressures encountered by this vehicle resulted in high aerodynamic heating rates and high vehicle structural loads Thus, payload design characteristics had to be carefully considered.


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Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Poker Flat, Kwajalein, Kwajalein RN, Andoya, Barking Sands, Cape Parry, Sonde Stromfjord, Chilca PLOB, Fort Yukon, Barking Sands KP. Stages: TU-758, X-256. Agency: Sandia.

1974 November 11 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1975 May 12 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 485 km (301 mi).

1975 June 27 - . 20:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 283 km (175 mi).

1976 January 15 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1976 August 11 - . 19:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 612 km (380 mi).

1976 November 27 - . 20:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Ferdinand 38 (Harang) Aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 538 km (334 mi).

1977 January 14 - . 10:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Aurora / aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1977 January 18 - . 05:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aurora / plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 11 km (6 mi).

1977 September 10 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1978 February 2 - . 08:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 616 km (382 mi).

1978 March 9 - . 08:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 336 km (208 mi).

1979 January 26 - . 11:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 186 km (115 mi).

1979 April 15 - . 09:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 671 km (416 mi).

1979 April 18 - . 09:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1979 July 16 - . 12:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • PLUMEX I Aeronomy / Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 590 km (360 mi).

1979 July 23 - . 09:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • PLUMEX II Aeronomy / Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 580 km (360 mi).

1979 October 13 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Malemute II Test / plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 533 km (331 mi).

1980 January 27 - . 09:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • ARCS 1 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 433 km (269 mi).

1981 December 7 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • CENTAUR Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 451 km (280 mi).

1982 January 21 - . 01:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 633 km (393 mi).

1982 March 6 - . 08:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 434 km (269 mi).

1983 March 2 - . 02:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Chilca. Launch Complex: Chilca PLOB. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • CONDOR Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 590 km (360 mi).

1983 March 15 - . 02:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Chilca. Launch Complex: Chilca PLOB. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • CONDOR Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 520 km (320 mi).

1983 November 11 - . 21:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Ferdinand 63 / Polar Leap Aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 454 km (282 mi).

1984 February 7 - . 09:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Yukon. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1985 January 23 - . 09:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • COPE Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1985 February 10 - . 02:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • ARCS 3 Plasma / active mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 406 km (252 mi).

1985 July 14 - . 15:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands KP. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • ACE I Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: Lincoln, SDIO. Apogee: 497 km (308 mi).

1985 September 27 - . 15:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands KP. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • ACE II Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: Lincoln, SDIO. Apogee: 497 km (308 mi).

1985 October 10 - . 15:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands KP. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • ACE III Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: Lincoln, SDIO. Apogee: 479 km (297 mi).

1985 December 10 - . 15:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands KP. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • ACE IV Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: Lincoln, SDIO. Apogee: 486 km (301 mi).

1986 April 3 - . 10:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1987 February 26 - . 23:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1987 March 5 - . 06:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1989 April 3 - . 02:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • RED AIR 1 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 379 km (235 mi).

1989 September 4 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: SDIO. Apogee: 724 km (449 mi).

1989 September 11 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: SDIO. Apogee: 724 km (449 mi).

1990 March 29 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Firefly 1 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: SDIO. Apogee: 462 km (287 mi).

1990 April 25 - . 05:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Bow Shock 1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: SDIO. Apogee: 721 km (448 mi).

1990 July 30 - . 09:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • EQUIS Spread F Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 480 km (290 mi).

1990 August 2 - . 10:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • EQUIS Spread F Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 480 km (290 mi).

1990 October 20 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • Firefly 2 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: SDIO. Apogee: 456 km (283 mi).

1992 May 24 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • CDX (LWIS) Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: SDIO. Apogee: 290 km (180 mi).

2003 June 10 - . 06:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • DEBI (Bowshock) Technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

2004 August 7 - . 08:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • EQUIS II Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 450 km (270 mi).

2004 August 15 - . 08:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute.
  • EQUIS II Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 450 km (270 mi).


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