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Aerobee 150 MI


American sounding rocket.

Gross mass: 900 kg (1,980 lb).
Height: 9.30 m (30.50 ft).
Diameter: 0.38 m (1.24 ft).
Apogee: 270 km (160 mi).
First Launch: 1968.09.13.
Last Launch: 1985.01.17.
Number: 19 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Aerobee In late 1945 James Van Allen was assigned by John Hopkins University to survey sounding rocket requirements for upper atmosphere research. The V-2 was found to be too heavy and complex. In 1946 Van Allen decided that what was needed was a small rocket, derived from the Aerojet Wac Corporal and the Bumblebee missile developed under a US Navy program. This combination of an Aerojet booster and a Bumblebee second stage was dubbed the Aerobee. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Aerojet American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Aerojet, Sacramento, CA, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...
  • Fort Churchill Fort Churchill is an Arctic site on Hudson Bay with a rail link. It is near the point of maximum auroral activity. This combination of circumstances made it ideal for far-north sounding rocket launches. In 1954, the Canadian Army conducted the first series of rocket firings at Fort Churchill. Following a period of inactivity, construction of more elaborate facilities in support of the International Geophysical Year began in 1956. IGY firings began in July 1957. The range was closed again in December 1958 after the IGY program ended. It was reopened again in August 1959 by the US Army as part of its network of sounding rocket stations. This allowed use of the site by other groups over the years. More...
  • White Sands LC35 Standard-ER, Black Brant, Aerobee launch complex. Work on LC-35 was begun by the US Navy in 1946. Although no specific requirement had been identified, Captain Robert McLaughlin of the Bureau of Naval Ordnance realized the Navy would need an instrumented range to test the surface-to-air missiles planned for Navy ships. The first facilities built were a blockhouse and two launch towers for Aerobee sounding rockets. From 1947 a total of 675 Aerobees were launched from White Sands, most of these from LC-35. More...

Associated Stages
  • Aerobee 150-2 Nitric acid/Aniline propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 700/133 kg. Thrust 17.80 kN. More...

Aerobee 150 MI Chronology


1968 September 13 - . 14:31 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 12.14GT.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1968 September 30 - . 19:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.231GS.
  • GSFC extreme ultraviolet Spec Solar extreme ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 203 km (126 mi).

1968 November 21 - . 19:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI NASA 04.240US.
  • Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 193 km (119 mi).

1969 January 31 - . 03:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.266DG.
  • Astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 179 km (111 mi).

1969 March 3 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.199GE.
  • X-ray background X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 163 km (101 mi).

1969 April 14 - . 15:36 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.233GS.
  • Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 187 km (116 mi).

1969 April 16 - . 16:20 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.247DS.
  • Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi).

1969 May 16 - . 20:20 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.232GS.
  • GSFC extreme ultraviolet Spec Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 202 km (125 mi).

1969 June 13 - . 19:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.242UA.
  • Mariner-71 test / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 172 km (106 mi).

1969 June 20 - . 05:45 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.269UG.
  • Astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 181 km (112 mi).

1969 September 17 - . 18:45 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.166DS.
  • Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 218 km (135 mi).

1969 October 3 - . 02:24 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.279UG.
  • Astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 158 km (98 mi).

1969 November 4 - . 19:29 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.136DS.
  • NRL NE3.215 FDVU Solar extreme ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 November 4 - . 20:27 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.283CS.
  • Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 181 km (112 mi). The rockets achieved expected performance, solar pointing systems functioned properly, payloads were successfully recovered, and preliminary results appeared excellent. The information obtained by the rocket flights on solar emission intensity, filter performance, film response, and exposure time would be available in time to provide a useful and effective feedback into the ATM instruments development program.

1969 December 17 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.167DS.
  • Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 204 km (126 mi).

1970 January 25 - . 02:20 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.270UG.
  • Astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 169 km (105 mi).

1970 March 26 - . 04:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-17 NASA 04.309UA.
  • JHU Aurora 8 Aeronomy / aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 163 km (101 mi).

1971 May 28 - . 09:40 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI KP3.37.
  • Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: KPNO. Apogee: 179 km (111 mi).

1985 January 17 - . 15:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. Launch Pad: LC35 L-21B. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150 MI. LV Configuration: Aerobee 150 MI-20 NASA 04.342UG.
  • JHU Airglow 14 (HUT) Airglow mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 169 km (105 mi).

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