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Sandhawk

Sandhawk [Sandia]

Sandhawk (Dart) [Sandia]

The Sandhawk was developed as an upper stage for multi stage sounding rockets. It was first tested as single stage vehicle in 1966, but this flight failed. Only few single stage Sandhawk was launched. But with a Terrier booster it made some 30 flights as Terrier Sandhawk. As Hydra Sandhawk with a NOTS-401 booster, it was experimentally launched from a floating launcher in the ocean. It was also used as the first stage of the Dualhawk with a Tomahawk as upper stage.

Version Stage 1
Sandhawk Sandhawk / TE-M-473
Nr:   TNr:  Date:         Vehicle                  LS         Suc  Payload

 1     1    10.08.1966    Sandhawk                 Ton        *F   Sandia 281-1
 2     2    15.09.1966    Sandhawk                 Ton        *F   Sandia 281-2
 3     3    17.01.1967    Sandhawk                 Ton        *    Sandia 281-3
 4     4    11.05.1967    Sandhawk                 Kau        *    Sandia 281-4
 5     5    11.05.1967    Sandhawk                 Kau        *    Sandia 281-5 (Dart)
 6     6    27.09.1967    Sandhawk                 JI         *    Sandia 281-6 (Dart, JTF-8 Safeguard)
 7     7    23.08.1968    Sandhawk                 Ton        *    Sandia 152-? (LRL AXE-2)


Launch sites:

JI  = Johnston Island, Pacific, USA USA
Kau = Kauai Test Facility (KTF) (Pacific Missile Range Facility), Barking Sands, Kauai, USA USA
Ton = Tonopah Test Range, Nevada, USA USA