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Terrier Malemute

Terrier Malemute (EQUIS-2) [NASA]

The Terrier Malemute launch vehicle is a high performance two-stage vehicle used for payloads weighing less than 181 kg.

The first stage booster consists of a Terrier MK.12 Mod.1 rocket motor with four 0.22 m2 fin panels arranged in a cruciform configuration. The Terrier booster has an overall diameter of 45.7 cm. For a payload weight of 90 kg, the longitudinal acceleration during the boost phase is 26 g's. The second stage propulsion unit is a Thiokol Malemute TU-758 rocket motor which is designed especially for high altitude research rocket applications. The external diameter of the Malemute is 40.6 cm.

The average thrust is 4356 kg. The maximum thrust level is approximately 6441 kg which results in a maximum longitudinal acceleration during second stage burning of 32 g's for a 90 kg payload. Liftoff weight of the Terrier-Malemute launch vehicle, less payload, is approximately 1478 kg. This vehicle is usually rail launched and can be accommodated at most established launch ranges.

The Terrier-Malemute vehicle is particularly suited for lower weight payloads; performance drops appreciably as payload weight increases. Bulbous diameter payloads can be accommodated on the Terrier-Malemute; however, the high dynamic pressures encountered by this vehicle result in high aerodynamic heating rates and high vehicle structural loads Thus, payload design characteristics must be carefully considered. This vehicle is generally used for relatively lightweight plasma physics payloads.

Vehicle Stage 1 Stage 2
Terrier Malemute Terrier Mk.12 Mod.1 Malemute / TU-758
Nr  TypeNr   Vehicle                  Date             LS             Payload

xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         11.11.1974  *F   Kau            Sandia 497-002
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         12.05.1975  *    Kau            Sandia 497-004
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         27.06.1975  *F   WI             NASA 29.002GT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         15.01.1976  *F   WI             NASA 12.034CT-GT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         11.08.1976  *    WI             NASA 12.036GT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         27.11.1976  *    And            NASA 29.005IE (Ferdinand 38 (Harang))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         14.01.1977  *    PF             NASA 29.003AE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         18.01.1977  *F   PF             NASA 29.004UE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         10.09.1977  *    WI             Sandia 497-008
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         02.02.1978  *    PF             NASA 29.008UE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         09.03.1978  *    PF             NASA 29.007UE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         26.01.1979  *F   PF             NASA 29.013UE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         15.04.1979  *    PF             NASA 29.011GE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         18.04.1979  *    PF             NASA 29.012GE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         16.07.1979  *    RN             Sandia 497-011 (DNA PLUMEX I)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         23.07.1979  *    RN             Sandia 497-012 (DNA PLUMEX II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       13.10.1979  *    Kau            Sandia 497-010 (LASL Aguila)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         27.01.1980  *    PF             NASA 29.014UE (ARCS 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       07.12.1981  *    CP             NASA 29.017CE (CENTAUR)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         21.01.1982  *    CP             NASA 29.018UE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       06.03.1982  *    PF             NASA 29.016CE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         02.03.1983  *    Chi PLOB       NASA 29.020UE (CONDOR Cornell ESF)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         15.03.1983  *    Chi PLOB       NASA 29.019UE (CONDOR Cornell ESF)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       11.11.1983  *    And            NASA 29.022GE/IE (Ferdinand 63/Poleward Leap)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         07.02.1984  *    FY             NASA 29.021UE (Bidarca)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         23.01.1985  *    SS             NASA 29.023UE (COPE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         10.02.1985  *    SS             NASA 29.015UE (COPE/ARCS 3)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       14.07.1985  *    Kau LP-41      Sandia 497-013 (ACE I)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       27.09.1985  *    Kau LP-41      Sandia 497-014 (ACE II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       10.10.1985  *    Kau LP-41      Sandia 497-015 (ACE III)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute-2       10.12.1985  *    Kau LP-41      Sandia 497-016 (ACE IV)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         03.04.1986  *    PF             NASA 29.024UE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         26.02.1987  *    SS             NASA 29.025UE (COPE II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         05.03.1987  *    SS             NASA 29.026UE (COPE II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         03.04.1989  *    WI             NASA 29.027UE (RED AIR 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         04.09.1989  *    Kau LP-41 ?    SDIO Starmate
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         11.09.1989  *    Kau LP-41 ?    SDIO Starmate
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         29.03.1990  *    WI             SDIO Laser Target (Firefly 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         25.04.1990  *    WI             SDIO BSUV (Bow Shock 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         30.07.1990  *    RN             NASA 29.028UE (EQUIS Spread F)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         02.08.1990  *    RN             NASA 29.029UE (EQUIS Spread F)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         20.10.1990  *    WI             SDIO (Firefly 2)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         24.05.1992  *    Kau LP-41 ?    CDX (LWIS)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         10.06.2003  *    WI             NASA 29.035UP (DEBI, Bowshock)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         07.08.2004  *    RN             NASA 29.037UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         15.08.2004  *    RN             NASA 29.036UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Malemute         09.09.2017  *F   Kw             NASA 29.042UE (WINDY 2)


Planned:


Launch sites:

And = Andøya Space Center (Andøya Rocket Range), Andøya, Nordland, Norway Norway
Chi = Chilca Launch Range, Punta Lobos, Lima, Peru Peru
CP  = Cape Parry, PIN Main DEW, Inuvik Region, Northwest Territory, Canada CanadaFY  = Fort Yukon, Alaska, USA USAKau = Kauai Test Facility (KTF) (Pacific Missile Range Facility), Barking Sands, Kauai, USA USA
Kw  = Kwajalein Island, Reagan Test Site (formerly Kwajalein Missile Range), US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA), Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
PF  = Poker Flat Research Range, Ft Wainwright, Alaska, USA USA
RN  = Roi-Namur, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
SS  = Søndre Strømfjord, Greenland GreenlandWI  = Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA USA