Canadian Warplanes 8-2: Black Brant rocket

Black Brant rocket

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3230374)

Black Brant rocket research showing a nose cone check out demonstration in auditorium at the Churchill Research Range, 1963.

The Black Brant is a family of Canadian-designed sounding rockets originally built by Bristol Aerospace, since absorbed by Magellan Aerospace in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Over 800 Black Brants of various versions have been launched since they were first produced in 1961, and the type remains one of the most popular sounding rockets ever built.  They have been repeatedly used by the Canadian Space Agency and NASA.

(NASA/Wallops Photo)

A Black Brant XII launching from Wallops Flight Facility.