Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles|
Appendix 4: Undesignated Vehicles
|Copyright © 2003 Andreas Parsch|
The Cherokee research missile, built by Cook Electric Co., was used in the mid 1950s by the U.S. Air Force to test crew ejection seats at high speed and altitude.
|Photo: via Ordway/Wakeford|
The Cherokee was air-launched at about 10 km (6 miles) altitude. It first descended by parachute to about 8 km (5 miles) before the solid-fueled rocket motor accelerated the missile to supersonic speed. After motor ignition, the test seat was ejected, and its descent path monitored by ground-based optical and radar tracking equipment. Maximum weight of the test payload was 136 kg (300 lb). The missile also had a telemetry link to transmit flight data to the ground.
Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!
Data for Cherokee:
|Length||7.6 m (25 ft)|
|Diameter||1.30 m (51 in)|
|Weight||2040 kg (4500 lb)|
|Altitude||8 km (5 miles)|
|Propulsion||Solid-fueled rocket; 222 kN (50000 lb) for 3 s|
 Frederick I. Ordway III, Ronald C. Wakeford: "International Missile and Spacecraft Guide", McGraw-Hill, 1960
 Norman J. Bowman: "The Handbook of Rockets and Guided Missiles", Perastadion Press, 1963
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