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RAM B


American all-solid orbital launch vehicle. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Castor + 1 x Antares + 1 x Alcor

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1962-09-21. Last Fail Date: 1962-09-21.

Gross mass: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb).
Height: 12.60 m (41.30 ft).
Diameter: 0.79 m (2.59 ft).
Thrust: 235.00 kN (52,830 lbf).
Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).
First Launch: 1962.09.21.
Last Launch: 1964.04.10.
Number: 3 .

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Associated Countries
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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Vought American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Vought, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...

Associated Stages
  • Alcor Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 520/50 kg. Thrust 35.59 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 230 seconds. Masses, specific impulse estimated. More...
  • Antares 1A Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,225/294 kg. Thrust 60.50 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 256 seconds. More...
  • Castor 1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 3,852/535 kg. Thrust 286.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 247 seconds. More...

RAM B Chronology


1962 September 21 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: RAM. Launch Vehicle: RAM B. LV Configuration: RAM B RAM B-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • RAM B-1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 May 28 - . 18:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: RAM. Launch Vehicle: RAM B. LV Configuration: RAM B RAM B-2.
  • RAM B-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1964 April 10 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: RAM. Launch Vehicle: RAM B. LV Configuration: RAM B RAM B-3.
  • RAM B-3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

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