Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Appendix 4: Undesignated Vehicles
Copyright © 2003 Andreas Parsch

Cook Cree

The Cree research missile was built by Cook Research Laboratories, and was used in the 1958/59 time frame by the USAF's Wright Air Development Center to test high-speed parachute recovery systems for missiles, drones, and re-entering spacecraft.

Photo: via Ordway/Wakeford

The Cree consisted of a large solid-propellant spin-stabilized rocket booster carrying three smaller test vehicles to speed and altitude. After booster burnout, the test vehicles separated and continued to coast about 9 m (30 ft) apart. Shortly after separation, the test parachutes were ejected from the tails, and the action was recorded by on-board cameras. About 30 seconds after test parachute deployment, a large parachute was released by each test vehicle for safe recovery of the recorded film. During the flight, a telemetry downlink relayed data on the missiles' speed, altitude and temperature. The Cree could test parachute systems at speeds between 2450 km/h (1520 mph) and 4890 km/h (3040 mph), and at altitudes between 8 km (5 miles) and 45 km (28 miles).


Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!

Data for Cree:

Weight520 kg (1150 lb)
Speed4890 km/h (3040 mph)
Altitude45 km (28 miles)
PropulsionSolid-fueled rocket

Main Sources

[1] Frederick I. Ordway III, Ronald C. Wakeford: "International Missile and Spacecraft Guide", McGraw-Hill, 1960
[2] Norman J. Bowman: "The Handbook of Rockets and Guided Missiles", Perastadion Press, 1963

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Last Updated: 20 October 2003