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Fulmar rockets

Fulmar Fulmar

During the mid-Seventies, a sounding rocket with performances intermediate between those of Petrel and Skylark proved to be necessary for the SRC program devoted to high latitudes geophysics studies.

Bristol Aerojet Ltd developed a new version of the two-stage INTA-300. Flamenco sounding rocket, created by that firm for the Spanish INTA. This rocket, named Fulmar, comprised a 107 kN Heron booster and a 16.7 kN Snipe main stage. With a fairing (26 cm in diameter) slightly longer than that of the INTA-300, it was 7.47 m long.

Six Fulmars were launched from Andoya between 1976 and 1979. The two first were partial successes and the last a total failure. This lack of result contrasted with successes of the other Bristol Aerojet series and that series was abandoned after six launches.


Fulmar launches

DateSiteVehicleMissionResults
21 Nov 1976ANDFulmar F2IonosphereS (140 km)
11 Dec 1976ANDFulmar F5IonosphereS (213 km)
16 Oct 1977ANDFulmar F3IonosphereS (260 km)
17 Oct 1977ANDFulmar F1IonosphereS (272 km)
15 Dec 1977ANDFulmar F4IonospherePS (255 km)
19 Mar 1979ANDFulmarIonosphereVF
Notes: All launches from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway
S: success; PS: partial success; VF: vehicle failure


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