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Black Brant XI

Black Brant XI


The Black Brant XI is a three-stage, solid fuel sounding rocket consisting of a Talos 1st stage, Taurus 2nd stage, and Black Brant 3rd stage. This vehicle is capable of taking a 500 lb payload to an approximate altitude of 700 km, or a 1,300 lb payload to approximately 250 km.


The video is a Satellite Tool Kit (STK) representation of a Black Brant X launched from the Wallops Flight Facility. 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 this video is 0.50 seconds.

WFF launch: w_bbxi_50.avi (70 Mb).


Listed below are various screenshots from the STK scenario of this Black Brant XI.

Full Trajectory Stage Events Alternate Full Trajectory Apogee Launch


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_bbxi.vdf (245 kb).

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Post Flight video of NGSP
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Black Brant XI sounding rocket launch from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia on June 26, 2008
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