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Asp III


American sounding rocket.

Height: 2.70 m (8.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.17 m (0.55 ft).
Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).
First Launch: 1957.01.01.
Last Launch: 1958.01.01.
Number: 4 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Asp Sounding rocket (Atmospheric Sounding Projectile) originally designed against a US Navy Bureeau of Ships requirement to sample the mushroom clouds of nuclear explosions. Developed by Cooper Development Corporation for the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory. Flight test in 1956. Designed to lift 13.6 kg to 40 km. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Cooper American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Cooper Development Company, 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...

Associated Stages

Asp III Chronology


1957 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp III.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: Livermore. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1957 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp III.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: Livermore. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1957 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp III. LV Configuration: Asp III-4L.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: Livermore. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1958 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp III. LV Configuration: Asp III-4L.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: Livermore. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

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