List of rocket experiments on Zingst

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Rocket Experiments[edit]

During the Cold War, when the area was part of East Germany, the eastern part of the Zingst peninsula on the German Baltic Sea coast in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was a restricted military area, used for meteorological rocket experiments. Various experiments were conducted between 1970 and 1992 in an area known as Sundi Meadows. There were 5 launches of the Polish rocket "Meteor 1E" in the early 1970s. On 21 October 1988 launches of Russian of the "MMR06-M" type rockets began. The restricted area measured just 23.6 kilometres by 25.5 kilometres. As the rockets reached heights up to 80 kilometres, the launch angle of the unguided rockets had to be determined with an accuracy of 2 degrees in order to prevent an impact outside the restricted area.

The first launches of MMR06-M rockets were not successful due to various technical difficulties. The first successful launch with a meteorological payload occurred on 12 April 1989. Additional launches continued for a short time after the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification (3 October 1990). They were finally ended on 19 December 1990 for safety and technological reasons.

Nevertheless, between 14 February and 10 April 1992 a total of 19 Russian rockets of the MMR06-M type were launched at Zingst, of which 6 were successful. Although further rockets were still available for testing, the launches of MMR06-M rockets in Zingst were stopped in April 1992 because of the removal of German Federal Armed Forces from the place.

List of Launches[edit]

Date Time (UTC + 1h) Rocket type Mission Maximum altitude Duration of transmission Results
October 21, 1988 14:35 MMR06-M Experimental  ? 8s EF
November 1, 1988 14:01 MMR06-M Experimental 67 km 360s/570s EF
November 4, 1988 14:20 MMR06-M Experimental 43 km 250s EF
November 8, 1988 14:11 MMR06-M Experimental 78 km 637s EF
November 22, 1988 14:20 MMR06-M Experimental 53 km 590s EF
November 23, 1988 14:00 MMR06-M Experimental 76 km 658s EF
April 7, 1989 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 72 km 620s EF
April 14, 1989 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 76 km 4420s PS
April 26, 1989 13:40 MMR06-M Meteorology 75 km 4319s PS
May 10, 1989 13:10 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 4210s S
May 24, 1989 13:10 MMR06-M Meteorology 55 km 3299s PS
June 21, 1989 13:30 MMR06-M Meteorology 77 km 678s PS
September 6, 1989 13:38 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 3778s S
October 10, 1989 14:10 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 3780s S
October 18, 1989 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 2489s PS
November 1, 1989 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 35 km 480s EF
November 8, 1989 14:10 MMR06-M Meteorology 73 km 620s EF
December 8, 1989 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 75 km 3223s S
December 20, 1989 14:40 MMR06-M Meteorology 78 km 2205s S
January 10, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 75 km 3467s S
January 19, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 55 km 514s EF
February 14, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 79 km 2437s PS
March 21, 1990 14:20 MMR06-M Meteorology 65 km 2655s PS
March 28, 1990 15:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 4296s S
May 9, 1990 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 4061s PS
May 11, 1990 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 4467s S
May 30, 1990 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 4271s S
June 8, 1990 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 66 km 3242s S
June 13, 1990 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 76 km 3826s S
June 20, 1990 13:10 MMR06-M Meteorology 77 km 4292s S
September 12, 1990 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 77 km 1260s PS
September 26, 1990 13:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 79 km 4010s PS
October 5, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 38 km 530s EF
October 12, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 53 km 0s EF
October 17, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 77 km 1790s PS
October 17, 1990 14:40 MMR06-M Meteorology 80 km 1136s PS
November 2, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 42 km 592s EF
November 2, 1990 14:40 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 256s EF
November 23, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 68 km 2199s S
December 5, 1990 14:30 MMR06-M Meteorology 75 km 605s EF
December 14, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 72 km 1900s PS
December 19, 1990 14:00 MMR06-M Meteorology 66 km 600s EF
December 19, 1990 14:30 MMR06-M Meteorology 71 km 648s EF
February 14, 1992 8:50 MMR06-M Meteorology 70 km 3729s S
February 19, 1992 8:45 MMR06-M Meteorology 73 km 3992s S
February 21, 1992 8:30 MMR06-M Meteorology 77 km 625s EF
February 26, 1992 8:30 MMR06-M Meteorology 55 km 1811s PS
February 26, 1992 9:50 MMR06-M Meteorology 54 km 3074s S
February 28, 1992 8:31 MMR06-M Meteorology 70 km 580s EF
March 6, 1992 8:32 MMR06-M Meteorology 49 km 570s EF
March 6, 1992 9:24 MMR06-M Meteorology 80 km 625s EF
March 11, 1992 8:32 MMR06-M Meteorology 76 km 559s EF
March 11, 1992 9:27 MMR06-M Meteorology 74 km 599s EF
March 20, 1992 8:40 MMR06-M Meteorology 36 km 535s EF
March 20, 1992 9:58 MMR06-M Meteorology 75 km 3993s S
March 25, 1992 8:32 MMR06-M Meteorology 51 km 1771s PS
March 25, 1992 9:25 MMR06-M Meteorology  ? 0s F
March 27, 1992 8:33 MMR06-M Meteorology 73 km 4317s S
April 1, 1992 7:33 MMR06-M Meteorology 52 km 589s EF
April 3, 1992 7:30 MMR06-M Meteorology - 258s F
April 3, 1992 8:20 MMR06-M Meteorology 75 km 595s EF
April 10, 1992 7:30 MMR06-M Meteorology 67 km 4054s S

Remarks: S = Success; PS = Partial Success; F = Failure; EF = Experiment Failure

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Coordinates: 54°26′4″N 12°48′11″E / 54.43444°N 12.80306°E / 54.43444; 12.80306