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Farside
American sounding rocket. Project Farside was an attempt to reach extreme altitudes with the Rockoon concept. Using a four-stage solid-propellant rocket hung below a 106 188-m3 (3 750 000-ft3) balloon, altitudes approaching 6437 km (4000 mi) were reached during the fall of 1957. Farside was a four stage vehicle consisting of 4 x Recruit + 1 x Recruit + 4 x Arrow II + 1 x Arrow II.

Status: Retired 1957. First Launch: 1957-09-25. Last Launch: 1957-10-22. Number: 6 . Thrust: 667.00 kN (149,947 lbf). Gross mass: 900 kg (1,980 lb). Height: 7.30 m (23.90 ft). Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft). Apogee: 4,500 km (2,700 mi).

Farside was an Air Force Office of Scientific Research project, using various instruments provided by the University of Maryland. Six rockets were built by Aeronutronic Systems, Inc. Bad telemetry precluded the discovery of the Van Allen belts during the Farside shots near Eniwetok.


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Family: aircraft-launched. Country: USA. Launch Sites: Eniwetok. Stages: Deacon Arrow II-2, 1.5KS35000. Agency: SUI.

1957 September 25 - . Launch Site: Eniwetok. Launch Platform: Balloon. Launch Vehicle: Farside. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Shot 1 Test/Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1957 October 3 - . Launch Site: Eniwetok. Launch Platform: Balloon. Launch Vehicle: Farside.
  • Shot 2 Test/Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

1957 October 7 - . Launch Site: Eniwetok. Launch Platform: Balloon. Launch Vehicle: Farside. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Shot 3 Test/Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi).

1957 October 11 - . Launch Site: Eniwetok. Launch Platform: Balloon. Launch Vehicle: Farside. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Shot 4 Test/Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1957 October 20 - . Launch Site: Eniwetok. Launch Platform: Balloon. Launch Vehicle: Farside.
  • Shot 5 Test/Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 5,000 km (3,100 mi).

1957 October 22 - . Launch Site: Eniwetok. Launch Platform: Balloon. Launch Vehicle: Farside.
  • Shot 6 Test/Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 5,000 km (3,100 mi).


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