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Frangible Arcas
Part of Arcas Family
Version of Arcas sounding rocket developed for flight over residential areas. After burnout, the rocket was destroyed using a sheet of explosive material wrapped around the airframe. The resulting debris could safely impact in populated areas without significant danger or damage.

Status: Retired 1965. First Launch: 1964-12-17. Last Launch: 1965-12-21. Number: 4 .



Country: USA.

1964 December 17 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Frangible Arcas.
  • Frangible Arcas test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 39 km (24 mi).

1965 January 20 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Frangible Arcas.
  • AFFT-2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

1965 May 20 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Frangible Arcas.
  • AFFT-3/Arcasonde 1A - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 21 km (13 mi).

1965 December 21 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Frangible Arcas.
  • AFFT-4/Arcasonde 1A - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).


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