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NAOTS
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NAOTS
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F2H aircraft flying from this Naval Air Station launched Rockair sounding rockets in 1955, known to have been used for 5 launches, reaching up to 55 kilometers altitude.

AKA: Naval Air Ordnance Test Station. Location: Chincoteague, Virginia. Longitude: -75.3376 deg. Latitude: 37.9591 deg.



Family: Suborbital Launch Site. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Rockair. Agency: USN. Bibliography: 2.

1955 August 16 - . Launch Site: NAOTS. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: FFAR. Launch Vehicle: Rockair. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

    First successful demonstration of Rockair technique (resarch rocket launched from aircraft) by ONR and University of Maryland team, a 2.75-inch FFAR rocket fired from a Navy F2H-2 aircraft to an altitude of approximately 180,000 feet. Rockair technique first suggested by Herman Oberth (1929) and others.


1955 August 16 - . Launch Site: NAOTS. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: FFAR. Launch Vehicle: Rockair. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 9.00 km (5.50 mi).

1955 August 16 - . Launch Site: NAOTS. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: FFAR. Launch Vehicle: Rockair.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 55 km (34 mi).

1955 November 1 - . Launch Site: NAOTS. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: FFAR. Launch Vehicle: Rockair. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1955 November 1 - . Launch Site: NAOTS. Launch Platform: F2H2. LV Family: FFAR. Launch Vehicle: Rockair. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).


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