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Nike Yardbird-2


Solid rocket stage. 75.00 kN (16,861 lbf) thrust. Mass 200 kg (441 lb).

Status: Retired 1965.
Gross mass: 200 kg (440 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 29 kg (63 lb).
Height: 2.50 m (8.20 ft).
Diameter: 0.23 m (0.75 ft).
Thrust: 75.00 kN (16,860 lbf).
Burn time: 3.40 s.
Number: 10 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Exos American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x M-6 + 1 x Nike + 1 x Recruit More...
  • Strongarm American test vehicle. A large five-stage rocket developed by the Army Ballistics Research Laboratory with the cooperation of the University of Michigan. Consisted of an Honest John plus Nike plus Nike plus modified Recruit plus a scaled-down Sergeant. Fired first from Wallops Island on November 10, 1959. Could lift 6.8 kg to 1600 km. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Thiokol American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Thiokol Corporation, Ogden, UT, USA. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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