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Project Pilot 1-3


Solid rocket stage. 12.10 kN (2,720 lbf) thrust. Mass 200 kg (441 lb).

AKA: ABL X241.
Status: Retired 1958.
Gross mass: 200 kg (440 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 25 kg (55 lb).
Height: 1.50 m (4.90 ft).
Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft).
Thrust: 12.10 kN (2,720 lbf).
Burn time: 36 s.

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Associated Countries
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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Project Pilot American air-launched orbital launch vehicle. The US Navy's satellite launcher project competed with the Army's Jupiter-C, the Air Force Atlas, and the civilian Vanguard. Air-launched satellite launch vehicle, and anti-satellite versions, tested by the US Navy shortly after Sputnik. One may have achieved orbit. More...
  • Project Pilot 1 American air-launched orbital launch vehicle. Ground-launched, 5 stage vehicle for Project Pilot. More...

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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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