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Black Brant IX

Black Brant IX


The Black Brant IX is a two-stage sounding rocket that consists of a Terrier 1st stage and a Black Brant 2nd stage. This vehicle is capable of carrying a payload of 800 lb - 350 km and a payload of 300 lb - 550 km.


The videos are Satellite Tool Kit (STK) representations of a Black Brant XII, one launched from Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and one launched from Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) in Alaska. Shown is the launch with radar and telemetry tracking, the full trajectory of the vehicle, as well as stage events and apogee. The time step of each video is 0.50 seconds.

WFF launch: w_bbixmd0_50.avi (48.1 Mb)
PFRR launch: pfrr_bbixmod0.avi (53.9 Mb)


Listed below are various screenshots from the STK scenario of a Black Brant IX. One set depicts a launch from WFF. The other set depicts a launch from PFRR.


Full Trajectory Launch Apogee Stages 2D Ground View


Full Trajectory Launch Apogee


The AGI Viewer is required in order to view a VDF file type. Using this viewer allows for user interactivity (zoom, pan and adjusting time step). Download the free AGI Viewer at (68.5 Mb)

VDF of WFF launch: w_bbixmd0.vdf (247 kb)
VDF of PFRR launch: BBIXMOD0_new_pfrr.vdf (8.6 Mb)

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