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Corporal E
Part of Corporal Family
American short range ballistic missile. Experimental version of Corporal Missile. Nitric acid/Aniline-Furfuyrl alcohol propellants.

Status: Retired 1951. First Launch: 1947-05-22. Last Launch: 1951-10-10. Number: 10 . Thrust: 89.00 kN (20,007 lbf). Gross mass: 4,500 kg (9,900 lb). Burn time: 63 s. Height: 14.00 m (45.00 ft). Diameter: 0.76 m (2.49 ft). Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

The US Army ORDCIT program to develop ballistic rockets as potential weapons began with the Private-A and Private-F, continued with the Wac Corporal, and then the Corporal-E, before finally becoming a separate weapon development program. The first test flight of the Corporal-E, on 22 May 1947, was a complete success. In September 1949, after the firing of Corporal-E Round 4, the Missiles and Rockets Branch of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance requested Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop a guidance system for the improved version of the Corporal missile. During the next two years, while work on this new guidance system was being carried out, seven more Corporal-E rounds were fired at White Sands Proving Ground. On January 18, 1950, the Chief of Ordnance directed Jet Propulsion Laboratories to accelerate the Corporal-E research test vehicle program and reorient the project to a guided missile weapon system. On August 11, 1950, the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Research and Development proposed that the Army undertake development of a modified version of the Corporal-E, the Corporal I. The Corporal-E was terminated as a specific project.



Family: short range ballistic, Storable liquid. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Corporal E. Propellants: Nitric acid/Amine. Launch Sites: White Sands LC33, White Sands. Agency: JPL, Douglas.

1947 May 22 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E.
  • 31D - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 39 km (24 mi). The missile attained a range of 100 km and accepted guidance corrections..

1947 July 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E. FAILURE: Failure.
  • 33E test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1947 November 4 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1949 June 7 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E. FAILURE: Failure.
  • 4E test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1950 July 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1950 November 2 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1951 January 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1951 March 22 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1951 July 12 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1951 October 10 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC33. LV Family: Corporal. Launch Vehicle: Corporal E. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: USA OR. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). First flight with configuration representative of that used for the production tactical missile..


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