Did any sounding rocket ever reach space (Karman line 100km)

If yes then how many did and when?

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    $\begingroup$ Getting high up is relatively easy; it's getting going sideways fast enough to orbit that's hard. Black Brant XII sounding rockets have reached 1500km altitude, over three times the altitude of ISS. $\endgroup$ Aug 6, 2020 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ By the way which one reached the highest altitude? $\endgroup$
    – Joe Jobs
    Aug 6, 2020 at 18:41

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Sure, plenty of them, all the time. Most sounding rockets actually do reach space, in fact. For a complete list, I suggest you look at Johnathan's Space Report, filtering out the orbital launches from there. He has an amazingly complete list!

  • $\begingroup$ Is there any option to query such a database online? I dont have a computer to install it, maybe it has some interface like query.wikidata? $\endgroup$
    – Joe Jobs
    Aug 6, 2020 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ Not that I'm aware of. But I can tell you in general there have been more sounding rockets reaching space than orbital rockets. $\endgroup$
    – PearsonArtPhoto
    Aug 6, 2020 at 19:25

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