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Project Pilot 2


American air-launched orbital launch vehicle. Six stage vehicle consisting of 1 x F4D-1 Skyray + 2 x HOTROC + 2 x HOTROC + 1 x X-241 + 1 x NOTS 8in + 1 x NOTS 3in Sph.

LEO Payload: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb).

Gross mass: 900 kg (1,980 lb).
Payload: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb).
Height: 4.40 m (14.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.76 m (2.49 ft).
Thrust: 125.00 kN (28,101 lbf).

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Project Pilot The US Navy's satellite launcher project competed with the Army's Jupiter-C, the Air Force Atlas, and the civilian Vanguard. Air-launched satellite launch vehicle, and anti-satellite versions, tested by the US Navy shortly after Sputnik. One may have achieved orbit. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NOTS American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, CA, USA. More...

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