Types of Rockets Used

  • Image of an Improved Orion rocket

    Improved Orion  →

    The Improved Orion is a single stage, unguided, fin stabilized rocket system which uses a surplus Army rocket motor having a dual phase propellant. Three fins on the aft end of the motor provide forces for rolling up the vehicle in flight for stability.

  • Image of the Black Brant V rocket

    Black Brant VB/VC  →

    The Black Brant V (BBV) is a single-stage solid propellant sounding rocket developed by Bristol Aerospace, Ltd. in Winnipeg, Canada. There is a 3-fin version (VB) and a 4-fin version (VC).

  • Image of at Terrier Malemute rocket

    Terrier-Malemute  →

    The Terrier-Malemute launch vehicle is a high performance two-stage vehicle used for payloads weighing less than 400 pounds. The first stage booster consists of a Terrier MK 12 Mod 1 rocket motor with four 340 square inch fin panels arranged in a cruciform configuration.

  • Image of a Terrier Orion rocket

    Terrier-Orion  →

    The Terrier-Orion rocket system is a two stage spin stabilized rocket system which utilizes a Terrier MK 12 Mod 1 or Mk70 for the first stage and an Improved Orion motor for the second stage. The Terrier motor is 18 inches in diameter and is configured with 2.5 ft2 or 4.8 ft2 fin panels arranged in a cruciform configuration.

  • Image of a Terrier-Lynx rocket

    Terrier-Lynx  →

    The Terrier Lynx is a two-stage, unguided, fin stabilized rocket system which utilizes a Terrier mk70 first stage booster and a Lynx rocket motor for the second stage propulsion. The Terrier mk70 motor has four equally spaced modified Ajax fins, and the Lynx motor has four modified Orion fins on the aft end arranged in a cruciform configuration to provide stability.

  • Image of the Black Brant IX rocket

    Black Brant IX  →

    The Black Brant IX vehicle system is the fourth in the group of rocket systems using the 17.26 inch diameter Black Brant V rocket motor. This vehicle fulfills a weight to altitude requirement for the scientific community which is not met by other NASA vehicle systems.

  • Image of the Black Brant X rocket

    Black Brant X  →

    The Black Brant X rocket system is a three-stage system; unique because the third stage motor is ignited once the vehicle system reaches exoatmospheric conditions. The motors and the finless third stage is the Nihka rocket motor.

  • Image of a Black Brant XI rocket

    Black Brant XI  →

    The Black Brant XI rocket system is a three stage system used primarily to carry heavy payloads to high altitudes. Its development is a spin-off of the Black Brant XII development. The first and second stages are the Mk 11 Mod 5 Talos rocket motor and the Taurus motor. The third stage is a modified Black Brant VC motor.

  • Image of the Black Brant XII rocket

    Black Brant XII  →

    The Black Brant XII rocket system is a four stage system used primarily to carry a variety of payloads to high altitudes. Its development is a spin-off of the Black Brant X development.

  • Image of a Terrier Oriole rocket

    Terrier Oriole  →

    The Terrier Oriole is a two-stage, unguided, fin stabilized rocket system which utilizes a Terrier first stage booster and an Oriole rocket motor for the second stage propulsion. The Terrier motor has four equally spaced fins, and the Oriole motor has four fins on the aft end arranged in a cruciform configuration to provide stability.