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Rosamund Dry Lake DZ
Part of Edwards Family
Air-launched rocket drop zone, Rosamund Dry Lake, California

AKA: Rosamund. Longitude: -118.0500 deg. Latitude: 34.8300 deg.



Family: Air Drop Zone, Suborbital Launch Site. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: X-15. Launch Sites: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ.

1959 June 8 - . 16:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 11 km (6 mi). First flight for X-15 # 1. Planned glide flight. Maximum Speed - 840 kph. Maximum Altitude - 11445 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1959 September 17 - . 16:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003. FAILURE: Turbopump failure and fire..
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi). First flight for X-15 # 2. First powered flight. Maximum Speed - 2241 kph. Maximum Altitude - 15954 m. Turbopump case failure resulted in fire in engine compartment. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1959 October 17 - . 18:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003. FAILURE: Fire in engine bay, gear door failure..
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 18 km (11 mi). Maximum Speed - 2283 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18831 m. Nose gear door failed on landing. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1959 November 5 - . 17:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003. FAILURE: Engine fire and explosion, fuselage failure on landing..
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 13 km (8 mi). Engine fire; fuselage structural failure on landing. Aircraft returned to North American for rebuild. Maximum Speed - 1062 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13857 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 January 24 - . 00:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A SAS Evaluation test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi). Maximum Speed - 2685 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20374 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 February 11 - . 18:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 26 km (16 mi). Maximum Speed - 2359 kph. Maximum Altitude - 26858 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 February 17 - . 17:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A SAS Evaluation test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi). Maximum Speed - 1667 kph. Maximum Altitude - 16045 m. Automatic shutdown of one chamber in upper XLR-11. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 March 17 - . 16:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A SAS Eval/Stability test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi). Maximum Speed - 2283 kph. Maximum Altitude - 16045 m. 6G maneuver test. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 March 25 - . 23:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi). Maximum Speed - 2124 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14822 m. Roll damper malfunctioned. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 March 29 - . 17:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi). Maximum Speed - 2080 kph. Maximum Altitude - 15235 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 March 31 - . 16:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A SAS Gains test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi). Maximum Speed - 2156 kph. Maximum Altitude - 15653 m. 3.5 to 5G pullouts to simulate reentry. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 April 13 - . 17:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi). Maximum Speed - 2018 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14630 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 April 19 - . 16:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 18 km (11 mi). Maximum Speed - 2718 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18134 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 May 6 - . 17:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003. FAILURE: Trouble shedding the ventral fin..
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 18 km (11 mi). Maximum Speed - 2336 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18574 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 May 26 - . 17:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.
  • X-15A SAS, High alpha, BCS test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi). Maximum Speed - 2336 kph. Maximum Altitude - 15631 m. First test of reaction control system. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 November 15 - . 17:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • X-15A XLR-99 Checkout test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 24 km (14 mi). First flight with XLR-99 engine. Maximum Speed - 3154 kph. Maximum Altitude - 24750 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 November 22 - . 21:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • X-15A XLR-99, BCS test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 18 km (11 mi). First restart with XLR-99 engine. Maximum Speed - 2665 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18867 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..

1960 December 6 - . 23:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Rosamund Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • X-15A XLR-99, BCS test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi). Maximum Speed - 3027 kph. Maximum Altitude - 16268 m. Air dropped in Rosamund Dry Lake DZ..


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