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Nike Malemute


American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Nike + 1 x Malemute

Gross mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb).
Height: 8.60 m (28.20 ft).
Diameter: 0.42 m (1.37 ft).
Thrust: 217.00 kN (48,783 lbf).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1974.05.14.
Last Launch: 1974.09.24.
Number: 2 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Ute The Ute (TU-715) motor was developed from the Genie motor baseline. Later derivatives were combined with booster or upper stages. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Thiokol American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Thiokol Corporation, Ogden, UT, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...

Associated Stages
  • 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...

Nike Malemute Chronology


1974 May 14 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Nike Malemute. LV Configuration: Nike Malemute NASA 28.01GT.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1974 September 24 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Nike Malemute. LV Configuration: Nike Malemute NASA 28.002GT.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 465 km (288 mi).

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