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Recruit


The Recruit motor was usually used as an upper stage, but in this air-launched vehicle was used for re-entry vehicle heat transfer and aerodynamic stability tests.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Recruit American sounding rocket. The Recruit motor was usually used as an upper stage, but in this air-launched vehicle was used for re-entry vehicle heat transfer and aerodynamic stability tests. More...
  • Recruit T55 American sounding rocket. The Recruit motor was the first stage of this larger booster, dropped from a B-57 for re-entry vehicle heat transfer tests. More...
  • Pedro Recruit American sounding rocket. Air Launch Probe System (ALPS) and Fighter Launched Advanced Materials Experiment (FLAME) were both vehicles that used a Pedro first stage and a Recruit second stage. They were launched from an F-4 fighter aircraft. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...
  • Tonopah Sounding rocket and test vehicle launch site. Conducted launches in support of US nuclear weapons development programs. Known to have been used for 93 launches from 1957 to 1986, reaching up to 270 kilometers altitude. More...

Recruit Chronology


1956 November 6 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit.
  • Heat Transfer Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Cleveland. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1957 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit T55.
  • Heat Transfer Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Cleveland. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1957 August 7 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit T55.
  • Heat Transfer Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Cleveland. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1958 January 31 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit T55.
  • Heat Transfer Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Cleveland. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1958 March 28 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit T55.
1958 July 15 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: B-57A. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit T55.
1958 July 24 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: B-57A. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit T55.
1958 September 12 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: B-57A. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit T55.
1959 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit.
  • Blunt cone Stab. test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Langley. Apogee: 6.00 km (3.70 mi).

1959 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Recruit.
  • Ogive Stab. test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Langley. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1975 February 4 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 1.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1975 February 27 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 2.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1975 March 28 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 3.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1975 April 18 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 4. FAILURE: Failure.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1975 June 3 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 5.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1975 June 4 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 6. FAILURE: Failure.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1976 January 22 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 7.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1976 January 26 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Platform: F-4. LV Family: Recruit. Launch Vehicle: Pedro Recruit. LV Configuration: Pedro Recruit FLAME 8.
  • FLAME test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

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