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|Country of origin||United States|
|Height||21.8 metres (72 ft)|
|Diameter||1.78 metres (5 ft 10 in)|
|Mass||30,000 kilograms (66,000 lb)|
|Payload to LEO||45 kilograms (99 lb)|
|Launch sites||Woomera Test Range LA-8|
|First flight||28 November 1966|
|Last flight||29 November 1967|
|First stage - Redstone|
|Thrust||416 kilonewtons (94,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||265 sec|
|Burn time||155 seconds|
|Second stage - Antares-2|
|Thrust||93 kilonewtons (21,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||293 sec|
|Burn time||36 seconds|
|Third stage - BE-3|
|Burn time||9 seconds|
The Sparta was a three-stage rocket that launched Australia's first Earth satellite, WRESAT, on 29 November 1967. The first stage was recovered from the Simpson Desert in 1990 after being found in searches by explorer Dick Smith the previous year.:76-80
Sparta used a surplus American Redstone as its first stage, an Antares-2 as a second stage, and a BE-3 as a third stage. Several Spartas were launched from 1966–67 from Woomera Test Range in Woomera, South Australia as part of a joint United States–United Kingdom–Australian research program aimed at understanding re-entry phenomena, and the U.S. donated a spare for the scientific satellite launch into polar orbit.
- Douherty, Kevin. "Retrieving Woomera's Heritage" (PDF). Retrieved 3 August 2016.
- Wade, Mark. "Redstone". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
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