Cora (rocket)

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French experimental rocket Cora

Cora is the name of a single-stage French experimental rocket.

This rocket was propelled with nitrous tetroxide and UDMH . The Cora was used for component testing for the planned Europa rocket . The first stage of the Cora was 5.5 meters long and had a diameter of 2 meters. It weighed 9.85 tons when fully fueled. The entire rocket had a length of 11.5 meters and a launch weight of 16.5 tons.

The Cora was launched from Hammaguir on November 27, 1966 and December 18, 1966 . During the first launch, control of the missile was lost after 62 s. The second of these starts was successful. On October 25, 1967, another attempt to take off from Biscarrosse was made, but it failed again.

The Cora was the largest rocket ever launched in Western Europe.

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