Véronique (rocket)

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A Veronique rocket being tested for launch in French Algeria (1953)

Veronique is a French liquid-fuelled sounding rocket that was partly developed by German scientists who had worked in Peenemünde.

Based on the German V-2 rocket, Véronique was the first West European liquid-fuel research rocket.[1] A successor to the cancelled Super V-2, the Véronique was built between 1950 and 1969 in several versions, of which the versions P2, P6 and R were only experimental models. They were made in Vernon, Eure. The name Veronique is an abbreviation of Vernon-électronique.[2]

The first Véronique launch, on 20 February 1954, resulted in a launch failure, followed by a second launch a day later, on 21 February reaching 84 miles (135 km) in altitude with diesel oil and nitric acid as fuel. The second used turpentine instead of diesel oil, gaining 50% higher altitude.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Ley, Willy (June 1964). "Anyone Else for Space?". For Your Information. Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 110–128.
  2. ^ "Veronique". www.astronautix.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.