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Aerobee RTV-A-1c


American sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1952-02-19. Last Fail Date: 1952-02-19.

Gross mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb).
Height: 7.50 m (24.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.38 m (1.24 ft).
Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).
First Launch: 1952.02.19.
Number: 1 .

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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
  • Holloman Military missile and sounding rocket launch site. Also notable for several rocket-powered sleds, used to test a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft and aerospace vehicles at supersonic speeds. Known to have been used for 147 major launches from 1948 to 1959, reaching up to 235 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages

Aerobee RTV-A-1c Chronology


1952 February 19 - . 14:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1c. LV Configuration: Aerobee RTV-A-1c USAF 22. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Airglow Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

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