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Aerobee RTV-A-1a
Part of Aerobee Family
American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Aerobee Booster + 1 x Aerobee AJ10-25

Status: Retired 1956. First Launch: 1951-10-17. Last Launch: 1956-11-12. Number: 31 . Gross mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Height: 7.90 m (25.90 ft). Diameter: 0.38 m (1.24 ft). Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).



Country: USA. Launch Sites: White Sands, White Sands LC35, Holloman, Holloman A, Fort Churchill. Stages: Aerobee RTV-A-1a-2, 2.5KS18000. Agency: Aerojet.

1951 October 17 - . 18:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Ionosphere Propagation Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi). lonosphere research. Launched at 1117 local time. Reached 114..3 km..

1952 January 30 - . 20:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a. FAILURE: Failure..
  • AF / Utah Ionosphere 1 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1345 local time. Failure..

1952 August 26 - . 18:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a. FAILURE: Failure..
  • AF / Utah Ionosphere 2 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1153 local time. Altitude not reported; possible failure..

1953 February 18 - . 17:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Heating / beacon test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi). Rocket performance test. Launched at 1042 local time. Reached 117.5 km..

1953 April 14 - . 15:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Heating test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 122 km (75 mi). Rocket performance test. Launched at 0847 local time. Reached 122.3 km..

1953 May 20 - . 14:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF Airglow 3 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi). Sky brightness, day airglow research. Launched at 0704 local time. Reached 114.3 km..

1953 May 21 - . 15:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF Airglow 4 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi). Sky brightness, day airglow research. Launched at 0847 local time. Reached 114.3 km..

1953 June 26 - . 19:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF / Utah Ionosphere 3 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 135 km (83 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1210 local time. Reached 135.2 km..

1953 July 1 - . 17:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF / Utah Ionosphere 4 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 138 km (85 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1052 local time. Reached 138.4 km..

1953 July 14 - . 15:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Solar flux Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi). Solar radiation research. Launched at 0830 local time. Reached 103 km..

1953 July 23 - . 09:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Airglow spectrograph Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi). Atmospheric composition research. Launched at 0247 local time. Reached 95.6 km..

1953 September 15 - . 15:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a. FAILURE: Early cut-off due to a thrust chamber burn-through..
  • AF Airglow 5 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi). Sky brightness research. Launched at 0802 local time. Reached 32.2 km. Suffered an early cut-off due to a thrust chamber burn-through. Improved chamber cooling was developed in subsequent engines..

1953 September 29 - . 20:50 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Sphere Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi). Density research. Launched at 1350 local time. Reached 58 km..

1953 October 7 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Solar spectrum Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Solar radiation research. Launched at 1000 local time. Reached 99.8 km..

1953 November 2 - . 18:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF / Utah Ionosphere 5 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1132 local time. Reached 120.7 km..

1953 November 3 - . 18:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF / Utah Ionosphere 6 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 121 km (75 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1115 local time. Reached 121.5 km..

1954 May 11 - . 15:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Beacon test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 98 km (60 mi). Rocket performance test. Launched at 0800 local time. Reached 98.2 km..

1954 June 2 - . 16:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Solar ultraviolet spectrum test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi). Rocket performance test. Launched at 0910 local time. Reached 93.4 km..

1954 July 14 - . 13:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • UM wind vanes Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 92 km (57 mi). Temperature, aspect research. Launched at 0855 local time. Reached 91.8 km..

1954 August 11 - . 17:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF / Utah D-layer Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 92 km (57 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1025 local time. Reached 91.8 km..

1954 September 17 - . 14:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Solar flux Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi). Solar radiation research. Launched at 1731 local time. Reached 94.7 km..

1955 January 22 - . 00:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Sodium Release 1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi). Airglow research. Launched at 1754 local time. Reached 94.8 km..

1955 February 7 - . 18:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF / Utah D-layer Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1151 local time. Reached 120.4 km..

1955 February 10 - . 22:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • AF / Utah D-layer Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi). Ionosphere research. Launched at 1538 local time. Reached 76.1 km..

1955 March 29 - . 16:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Solar far ultraviolet / Lyra Alpha Solar / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 112 km (69 mi). Solar radiation research. Launched at 0947 local time. Reached 112.7 km..

1955 October 13 - . 01:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Sodium Release 2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi). Sodium studies research. Launched at 1800 local time. Reached 101.4 km..

1956 March 12 - . 21:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Release B (NO) Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi). Nitric oxide attempt to produce sporadic E research. Launched at 1415 local time. Reached 95 km..

1956 March 14 - . 08:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Release (NO) Ionosphere / aeronomy / chemica mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 106 km (65 mi). Nitric oxide attempt to recombine atomic oxygen research. Launched at 0145 local time. Reached 106.2 km..

1956 April 12 - . 02:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Sodium Release 3 Ionosphere / aeronomy / chemica mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 106 km (65 mi). Sodium cloud, ionization research. Launched at 1005 local time. Reached 106.2 km..

1956 August 3 - . 12:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Holloman. Launch Complex: Holloman A. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Ultraviolet Spectrograph Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi). Solar spectrum and atmospheric composition research. Launched at 0556 local time. Reached 2.4 km..

1956 November 12 - . 11:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-A-1a.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 67 km (41 mi). Temperature, winds research. Launched at 0546 local time. Reached 67.5 km..


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