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Astrobee 200



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Astrobee 200
American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Genie + 1 x Alcor

Failures: 3. First Fail Date: 1961-06-30. Last Fail Date: 1966-01-28.

Gross mass: 800 kg (1,760 lb).
Height: 6.30 m (20.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.38 m (1.24 ft).
Thrust: 161.00 kN (36,194 lbf).
Apogee: 350 km (210 mi).
First Launch: 1961.06.30.
Last Launch: 1966.12.14.
Number: 10 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Astrobee Aerojet-designed family of sounding rockets conceived as a lower-cost replacement of the liquid-propellant Aerobee. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. 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...
  • Eglin This US Air Force proving ground and missile test range, based in Valparaiso, Florida and extending over a vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, was founded in 1935, In early 1946 the First Experimental Guided Missiles Group was activated at Eglin. The highly-instrumented Eglin Gulf Test Range supported flight tests of Bomarc, Matador, Quail, and Hound Dog cruise missiles. Both the military and NASA used Eglin to support launch of sounding rockets in support of their programs. Eglin was known to have been used for 441 launches from 1959 to 1980, reaching up to 686 kilometers altitude. The actual number of missile tests was many times greater. More...

Associated Stages
  • Alcor Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 520/50 kg. Thrust 35.59 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 230 seconds. Masses, specific impulse estimated. More...
  • HJ Nike Nike-3 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 599/256 kg. Thrust 195.60 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 195 seconds. The average sea level thrust of the Nike rocket motor was 190.3 kN. The interstage adapter was bolted to the front of the Nike and consisted of a conical shaped adapter which slip-fit into the second stage nozzle, thus providing for drag separation at Nike burnout. Each Nike fin was 0.45 square meters in area. Normally, the fins were canted to provide a two revolutions per second spin rate at Nike burnout. More...

Astrobee 200 Chronology


1961 June 30 - . 17:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AA15.303. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 29 km (18 mi).

1962 January 29 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AA15.109.
  • Day Airglow Test / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1962 April 18 - . 19:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AA15.285.
  • Mid-latitude B field Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 221 km (137 mi).

1962 April 30 - . 18:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AA15.196.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 255 km (158 mi).

1963 December 9 - . 05:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 AC15.610. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Ionization detector Aeronomy / aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 242 km (150 mi).

1964 June 10 - . 05:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AC15.373.
  • Sphere Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 343 km (213 mi).

1964 July 18 - . 12:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AC15.363.
  • Dayglow spectra Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 207 km (128 mi).

1966 January 23 - . 06:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AC15.732.
  • Electron flux Ionosphere / aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 301 km (187 mi).

1966 January 28 - . 06:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AC15.733. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Electron flux Ionosphere / aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 61 km (37 mi).

1966 December 14 - . 08:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 200. LV Configuration: Astrobee 200 CRL AC15.735.
  • AE15.735 electron flux Chemical release / aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 212 km (131 mi).

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