Meteor (rocket)

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Not to be confused with the Meteor air-to-air missile.

Meteor is a designation of a series of Polish sounding rockets. The Meteor rockets were built between 1963 and 1974.

The Meteor 1 and Meteor 2H were single-stage rockets. The Meteor 2K (the largest civilian rocket developed in Poland) was a single-stage rocket. The Meteor 3 was a two-stage rocket, developed from Meteor 1.

Meteor 1 Meteor 2H Meteor 2K Meteor 3
maximum altitude 40 km 68 km 90 km 65 km
takeoff thrust 14 kN 24 kN 52 kN 14 kN
diameter 12 cm 35 cm 35 cm 12 cm
length 2.5 m 4.5 m 4.3 m 4.3 m

Meteor rockets had been launched from Łeba and Ustka. Five Meteor rockets missions were conducted around 1970 from Zingst, in former Eastern Germany. The programme of flights of Meteor-2 was finished during the same year, when Poland started to parcitipate in Interkosmos research, using the Vertical rockets.

Launch Log[edit]

An incomplete list of Meteor launches

Number Date Launch site Maximum altitude (kilometres) Rocket type Remarks
1 1963 Leba 36 Meteor 1 Test flight
2 April 1965 Leba 36 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
3 June 15, 1965 Leba  ? Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
4 June 15, 1965 Leba  ? Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
5 June 16, 1965 Leba 36 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
6 April 5, 1967 Leba 36 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
7 April 5, 1967 Leba  ? Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
8 May 13, 1967 Leba 36 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
9 1968 Leba 68 Meteor 2H Test flight
10 1968? Leba 68 Meteor 2H Test flight
11 October 1968 Leba 65 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
12 1969? Leba 68 Meteor 2H Aeronomy mission
13 1969? Leba 68 Meteor 2H Aeronomy mission
14 1969? Leba 68 Meteor 2H Aeronomy mission
15 October 3, 1969 Leba 48 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
16 October 3, 1969 Leba 49 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
17 October 3, 1969 Leba 45 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
18 1970? Leba 68 Meteor 2H Test flight
19 July 10, 1970 Leba 85 Meteor 2K Aeronomy mission
20 July 10, 1970 Leba 90 Meteor 2K Test flight
21 August 22, 1970 Leba 57 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
22 September 2, 1970 Leba 63 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
23 September 7, 1970 Leba 62 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
24 September 9, 1970 Leba 61 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
25 October 7, 1970 Leba 75 Meteor 2K Aeronomy mission
26 October 7, 1970 Leba 89 Meteor 2K Aeronomy mission
27 June 11, 1973 Leba 22 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
28 June 12, 1973 Leba 23 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
29 June 14, 1973 Leba 40 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
30 June 15, 1973 Leba 22 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
31 June 15, 1973 Leba 40 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
32 September 15, 1973 Leba 36 Meteor 1 Aeronomy mission
33 September 16, 1973 Leba 44 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
34 September 17, 1973 Leba 45 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
35 September 18, 1973 Leba 44 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission
36 June 6, 1974 Leba 65 Meteor 3 Aeronomy mission

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