Encyclopedia Astronautica

Credit: via Andreas Parsch
American sounding rocket. Wasp research and develoment chaff and parachute rockets were used to obtain wind soundings to 260,000 m, fired by Naval Ordnance Missile Test Facility at WSPG.

3 stage vehicle consisting of 2 x Recruit + 1 x Pollux + 1 x Antares

Launch data is: incomplete.

Status: Retired 1966.
Gross mass: 6,800 kg (14,900 lb).
Height: 14.70 m (48.20 ft).
Diameter: 0.79 m (2.59 ft).
Thrust: 580.00 kN (130,380 lbf).
Apogee: 240 km (140 mi).
First Launch: 1966.06.07.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...

  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautics and Astronautics: An American Chronology of Science and Technology in the Exploration of Space 1915-1960, NASA, 1961. Web Address when accessed: here.

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
  • Antares 1A Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,225/294 kg. Thrust 60.50 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 256 seconds. More...

Wasp Chronology

1956 December 11 - . Launch Vehicle: Wasp.
  • Wasp soundings to 160,000 feet. - . Nation: USA. Summary: Twenty-four Wasp research and develoment chaff and parachute rockets, used to obtain wind soundings to 160,000 feet, were fired by Naval Ordnance Missile Test Facility at WSPG..

1966 June 7 - . 16:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Wasp.
  • WASP slosh test Technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 238 km (147 mi).

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