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Aerobee 300
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Aerobee 300
Aerobee 300
American sounding rocket. The Aerobee 300, also called the Sparrowbee, consisted of an Aerobee 150 or Aerobee 180 lower stage with a 20 cm diameter Sparrow rocket as an upper stage. The Sparrow would ignite at 35 km altitude at 53 seconds into the flight, and boost the payload to 10,000 kph, allowing it to coast up to 420 km apogee. The rocket was designed for studies of the sun above the atmosphere and was only fired from Fort Churchill (the White Sands range was too small to cover the possible impact points of the high-altitude rocket).

Status: Retired 1965. First Launch: 1958-10-22. Last Launch: 1965-03-20. Number: 21 . Payload: 45 kg (99 lb). Thrust: 18.00 kN (4,046 lbf). Gross mass: 983 kg (2,167 lb). Height: 9.90 m (32.40 ft). Diameter: 0.38 m (1.24 ft). Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

The sounding rocket as launched from Wallops Station could lift a 25 kg University of Michigan payload to 350 km altitude.

Payload: 45 kg (99 lb) to a 300 km altitude.



Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Fort Churchill, Eglin. Stages: 1.8KS7800, Aerobee 150-2, 2.5KS18000. Agency: Aerojet.

1958 October 22 - . 16:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300. FAILURE: Shut down early by range safety when the missile went off course..
  • Meteorites mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 177 km (109 mi). First flight of the Aerobee 300 / Spaerobee. The Aerobee was shut down early by range safety when the missile went off course..

1958 October 25 - . 19:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Meteorites mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 418 km (259 mi).

1958 November 30 - . 18:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Te probe Test / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 304 km (188 mi).

1958 December 1 - . 19:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Field / ne probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 97 km (60 mi).

1958 December 3 - . 18:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Field / ne probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 225 km (139 mi).

1959 October 25 - . 17:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Utah ne probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 386 km (239 mi).

1959 October 28 - . 14:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Utah ne probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 135 km (83 mi).

1959 November 6 - . 16:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Utah ne probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 393 km (244 mi).

1959 November 14 - . 22:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • GRD sphere Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 138 km (85 mi).

1959 November 22 - . 18:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300. FAILURE: Failure.
  • UM ionosphere probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

1960 January 14 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Signals intelligence test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1960 February 16 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Signals intelligence test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1960 March 16 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Signals intelligence test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1960 March 16 - . 21:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • UM ionosphere probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 337 km (209 mi).

1960 June 15 - . 22:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • UM ionosphere probe Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 321 km (199 mi).

1960 July 27 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Signals intelligence test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1960 August 10 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Signals intelligence test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 383 km (237 mi).

1960 August 31 - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Signals intelligence test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1961 March 8 - . 16:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Ne / RPA Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

1964 July 28 - . 21:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Thermosphere probe Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 322 km (200 mi).

1965 March 20 - . 05:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 300.
  • Thermosphere probe Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 326 km (202 mi).


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