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R-5 VAO
Part of R-5 Family
Atom blast from R-5M
Atom blast from R-5M
Atom blast from R-5M test
Credit: RKK Energia
Russian intermediate range ballistic missile. Vertical launch version of the R-5 missile for geophysical experiments using the High-Altitude Automatic Geophysical Station nose cone originally flown on the R-11, equipped with a parachute recovery system. . Experiments carried in the gyro-stabilised payload included solar ultraviolet spectroscopes and x-ray pinhole cameras.

Status: Retired 1965. First Launch: 1964-09-26. Last Launch: 1965-10-13. Number: 2 . Thrust: 430.00 kN (96,660 lbf). Gross mass: 24,400 kg (53,700 lb). Height: 21.20 m (69.50 ft). Diameter: 1.66 m (5.44 ft). Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).



Family: IRBM. Country: Russia. Engines: RD-103M. Launch Sites: Kapustin Yar, Kapustin Yar LC84, Kapustin Yar V-2. Agency: Korolev bureau.

1964 September 26 - . 03:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar LC84. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5 VAO. FAILURE: Failure.
  • VAO Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1965 October 13 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-5. Launch Vehicle: R-5 VAO.
  • VAO Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: AN. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).


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