Where is it from?

Association locations map

Similar items over time

Rocket Boost Motor - Gosling, Bloodhound Missile, circa 1960 Object Reg. No: ST 042973

The Gosling solid fuel propellant rocket was a single-nozzle booster rocket with an average thrust of 103.24kN and a burning time of 2.75 seconds. The Gosling was developed in Britain by the Bristol Aircraft Co. in the 1950s as a booster motor for the Bristol Ferranti Bloodhound surface to air missile which was developed initially as 'Red Duster'. The Bloodhound missile which was capable of speeds up to Mach 2.2 and a maximum altitude of 70,000 feet. Four Gosling booster rockets were designed to launch the Bloodhound rapidly with a pair of Bristol Thor ramjet engines providing thrust after the Goslings were expended. In 1957, a UK White Paper released by Defence Minister Duncan Sandys had declared that manned aircraft were obsolete and development should be focused on unmanned rockets and missiles.

Testing and development work on the Bloodhound was carried out at the Weapons Reasearch Establishment (WRE) at Woomera, South Australia from 1953. From the late 1950s the Gosling was built at the Maribyrnong Explosives Factory, Victoria. In Australia, the Gosling was also fitted to the High Altitude Density (HAD) Cockatoo and Aero High sounding rockets which were used to conduct research into the upper atmosphere. This program ended in 1975.

The Museum's Gosling rocket motor was donated in 1994. It is fitted with an angled nozzle characteristic of the motors used on the Bristol Bloodhound missile. Those used on the HAD rockets were fitted with a straight nozzle. It is painted white with a single green band near the top of the outer casing. The Bloodhound was used by the RAAF between 1961 and 1968 by 30 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW with a detachment at Darwin between 1965 and 1968.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australia: Defence Department, Maribyrnong Explosives Factory
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 3760 mm (Length), 257 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: 248.6 KG (WHEN CHARGED)

More information

Tagged with: australian native animals, cockatoos, dogs, explosives factories, missiles, rocket motors
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection, Maribyrnong Small Arms & Ammunition Factory, Bristol-Ferranti Bloodhound Missile
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Atmospheric Rockets
Tertiary Classification: rocket motors
Manufacturer: Australia: Defence Department, Maribyrnong Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia, 1960
Designer: Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd, England, Great Britain


ashley Posted on 04 Dec 2009 10:10 PM
I would like to discuss the developers of theis missile. I personally am friends with a Man named Ted Packer who i beleive designed and built the prototype of this missile. Is this correct?
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 Dec 2009 10:25 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, thanks for your question. We've referred your question to one of our History & Technology curators for their advice. We’ll get back to you soon with some more information.
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 4:05 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Ashley,
We passed this to the relevant curator, who said: I think it would be fair to say that no one person designed the Bloodhound it was developed in the UK as a joint project by Bristol (airframe) and Ferranti (guidance system) with much of the testing and development work being performed in Australia at the Woomera rocket range in South Australia.

We would be interested to hear more about your friend's involvement - feel free to click the "Ask the Experts" link if you have any information to share.

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.

Similar items

Yes No