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Skylark research rocket fired at Woomers



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SKYLARK RESEARCH ROCKET FIRED - AT WOOMERS

Statement "by the Minister for Supply, The Hon, Allen Fairhall

A Skylark research rocket was fired at Woomera Range

this morning and reached an altitude of 81 miles.

The rocket, the first of a pair, carried an array of

probes to support the atmospheric research project. The probes were used to investigate the concentration and

distribution with height of electrons and ions in the ionosphere and to determine the electron temperature.

The effects of the presence of the rocket and of the rocket motion were studied. This type of experiment, using

Langmuir probes, has been- flown many times, but on this

rocket, twelve probes were used with seven different

shapes and fixed at varying distances from the rocket.

These experiments were sponsored by the University

College, London* X-Ray cameras were also carried to measure

solar radiation for Leicester University, Early information indicated that equipment in the

rocket operated correctly and valuable information was

obtained.

CANBERRA

July 1, 1965 - P.M