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R-5V



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R-5
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Russian intermediate range ballistic missile. Vertical launch version of the R-5 missile for geophysical experiments under the Vertikal international program, equipped with a spherical re-entry capsule and a parachute recovery system. A wide range of international astrophysics and geophysics instruments were carried.

AKA: Vertikal; V-5V.
Gross mass: 24,400 kg (53,700 lb).
Height: 21.20 m (69.50 ft).
Diameter: 1.66 m (5.44 ft).
Thrust: 430.00 kN (96,660 lbf).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1959.06.21.
Last Launch: 1983.10.20.
Number: 15 .

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Associated Countries
See also
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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Korolev Russian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Korolev Design Bureau, Kaliningrad, Russia. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Kapustin Yar Russia's first missile test range and used for satellite launches of smaller Kosmos vehicles. V-2's launched from here in 1946 were the first ballistic missiles fired on Soviet territory. It was greatly expanded as the test site for innumerable Soviet intermediate and short range missile projects in the 1950's.. Kapustin Year was also headquarters of the first operational R-1/R-2 units, 1950-1953, and later a base for 12 operational R-14 missile launchers. Kapustin Yar was known to have been used for over 3519 major launches from 1946 to 2007. More...
  • Kapustin Yar V-2 V-2, RT-15, R-5, R-2, R-17, R-11, R-1, Pioner, MR-12, M-100, Kosmos 3, Kosmos 2, RT-1, R-13, MMR-06, MERA launch complex. V-2 Launch Area More...

Associated Stages
  • R-5 Lox/Alcohol propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 27,250/3,250 kg. Thrust 479.22 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 244 seconds. More...

R-5V Chronology


1959 June 21 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

1965 September 20 - . 03:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Test / ionosphere / solar x-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 480 km (290 mi).

1970 April 27 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • RAO Solar mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1970 May 16 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • RAO Solar mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1970 October 3 - . 04:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • RAO K-2 Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1970 November 28 - . 05:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Vertikal-1 Aeronomy / ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 468 km (290 mi).

1971 August 20 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Vertikal-2 Solar Ultraviolet/Solar X-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1971 September 24 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1971 October 9 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1975 July 15 - . 03:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 503 km (312 mi).

1975 September 2 - . 05:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Vertikal-3 Solar Ultraviolet/Solar X-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 502 km (311 mi).

1977 August 30 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Vertikal-5 Solar Ultraviolet/Solar X-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1979 September 26 - . 03:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Vertikal-8 Solar Ultraviolet/Solar X-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 505 km (313 mi).

1981 August 28 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Vertikal-9 Solar Ultraviolet/Solar X-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1983 October 20 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5V.
  • Vertikal-11 Solar Ultraviolet/Solar X-ray mission - . Nation: USSR. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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