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Polaris TV


American missile. Single stage test vehicle to test thrust-vectoring system.

Status: Retired 1958.
Gross mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb).
Height: 8.00 m (26.20 ft).
Diameter: 0.79 m (2.59 ft).
Thrust: 220.00 kN (49,450 lbf).
Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).
First Launch: 1958.01.11.
Last Launch: 1958.05.08.
Number: 6 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Polaris Probably the most technically innovative program in history, Polaris integrated solid-propellant, inertially-guided intermediate range ballistic missiles with nuclear submarines that could remain submerged for months at a time. All of these were new technologies, but the first ship was underway only three years after go-ahead. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Lockheed American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, CA, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Cape Canaveral America's largest launch center, used for all manned launches. Today only six of the 40 launch complexes built here remain in use. Located at or near Cape Canaveral are the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, used by NASA for Saturn V and Space Shuttle launches; Patrick AFB on Cape Canaveral itself, operated the US Department of Defense and handling most other launches; the commercial Spaceport Florida; the air-launched launch vehicle and missile Drop Zone off Mayport, Florida, located at 29.00 N 79.00 W, and an offshore submarine-launched ballistic missile launch area. All of these take advantage of the extensive down-range tracking facilities that once extended from the Cape, through the Caribbean, South Atlantic, and to South Africa and the Indian Ocean. More...
  • Point Mugu US Naval Air Station and major missile testing centre, known to have been used for 2551 launches from 1955 to 2005. The actual total of missile tests is many times greater. More...
  • San Clemente Military facility on the California Channel Islands, used for rocket launches in support of other missile tests from Vandenberg or Point Mugu. In use from 1957. Known to have been used for 10 launches from 1958 to 1984, reaching up to 672 kilometers altitude. Later plans were made for an off-shore launch platform here for the Starstruck vehicle. More...
  • Cape Canaveral LC3 X-17, V-2, Polaris, Bomarc launch complex. This complex was built to support the Bomarc interceptor missile program, but also supported Bumper, Jason, Redstone, X-17 and Polaris ballistic missile operations. The Air Force accepted Complex 3 in November 1951. The location had already supported the Cape's first major launch - Bumper 8 - on 24 July 1950. Following the last Bomarc launch in April 1960, some Bomarc support facilities were converted into a medical support area for Project Mercury. Later the complex supported tethered aerostat programs from 1983 through 1989. More...
  • Cape Canaveral LC25A X-17, Polaris launch complex. Complex 25 was built to support the U.S. Navy's Polaris submarine ballistic missile program. The Navy occupied pad 25A in December 1957. Complex 25 supported 68 Polaris missile launches between 18 April 1958 and 6 March 1965. Pads 25A and 25B were dismantled in September 1969. More...

Associated Stages
  • Polaris TV-1 Solid rocket stage. 285.00 kN (64,071 lbf) thrust. Mass 8,300 kg (18,298 lb). More...

Polaris TV Chronology


1958 January 11 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris TV.
  • FBM Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1958 January 17 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC3. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris TV. LV Configuration: Polaris TV 1-204-10.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1958 March 23 - . Launch Site: San Clemente. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris TV.
  • Popup test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1958 April 11 - . Launch Site: San Clemente. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris TV.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1958 April 18 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC25A. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris TV. LV Configuration: Polaris TV 1-204-11.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1958 May 8 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC25A. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris TV. LV Configuration: Polaris TV 1-204-12.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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