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Astrobee 500

American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Genie + 1 x Alcor + 1 x Asp

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1960-03-22. Last Fail Date: 1960-03-22.

Gross mass: 900 kg (1,980 lb).
Height: 7.80 m (25.50 ft).
Diameter: 0.38 m (1.24 ft).
Thrust: 161.00 kN (36,194 lbf).
Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).
First Launch: 1960.03.22.
Number: 1 .

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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
  • 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...
  • Asp Solid rocket stage. 26.00 kN (5,845 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb). More...

Astrobee 500 Chronology

1960 March 22 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Astrobee. Launch Vehicle: Astrobee 500. LV Configuration: Astrobee 500 Geodetic flares. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

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