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El Arenosillo


Estación de sondeos atmosféricos de El Arenosillo (37.1°N / 6.7°W)

As of the middle of the Sixties, Spain installed an atmospheric sounding station close to Mazagon, in the province of Huelva. The first sounding rocket launch from El Arenosillo occurred on 14 October 1966. A total of 557 sounding rockets were launched there until 1994, the majority in international collaboration. Currently, the surveys are carried out using ground equipment by a team of the INTA Remote Sensing and Aeronomy Department.
All the sounding rockets built in Spain (INTA 255, INTA 300 and INTA 100) were launched from El Arenosillo.


Launches from El Arenosillo
Listing after Benito A. de la Morena's data, INTA, Spain
Detailed list

YearTotalDetail
19661410 Judi/Loki Dart, 4 Skua 1
19683213 Judi/Loki Dart, 2 Skua 1, 17 Skua 2
1969352 INTA-255, 16 Judi/Loki Dart, 4 Nike-Cajun, 12 Skua 2
1970821 INTA-255, 25 Judi/Loki Dart, 6 Skua 1, 51 Skua 2
1971504 Centaure, 33 Judi/Loki Dart, 4 Nike-Cajun, 9 Skua 2
19725129 Judi/Loki Dart, 1 Nike-Cajun, 1 Nike-Apache, 20 Skua 2
1973369 Judi/Loki Dart, 23 Skua 2, 1 Skua 4, 3 Skylark 4
1974211 INTA-300, 9 Judi/Loki Dart, 4 Skua 2, 4 Skua 4, 1 Skylark 4, 1 Skylar 6, 1 Super Loki Dart
1975181 INTA-300, 4 Petrel, 6 Super Loki Dart, 4 Skua 2, 1 Skua 3, 1 Skua 4, 1 Skylark 6
1976562 Black Brant 4B, 9 Petrel, 2 Nike-Apache, 18 Super Loki Dart, 10 Skua 2, 7 Skua 3, 5 Skua 4, 2 Skylark 3, 1 Skylark 7
1977591 Black Brant 5C, 2 Centaure, 56 Super Loki Dart
1978201 INTA-300, 19 Super Loki Dart
197922 Petrel
198022 Nike-Apache
198151 INTA-300, 1 Petrel, 3 Super Loki Dart
198281 Petrel, 7 Super Loki Dart
19831717 Super Loki Dart
1984123 INTA 100, 9 Super Loki Dart
198555 INTA 100
19902222 Super Loki Dart
199166 INTA 100
199222 INTA 100
199311 INTA-300B
199411 INTA-300B


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