Rocket, Sounding, Aerobee 150

This is the Aerobee 150 sounding rocket that was capable of reaching an altitude of about 170 miles (270 km) with a payload of 150 pounds (70 kg) of scientific instruments. The rocket consisted of a solid-fuel booster and a liquid-fuel sustainer stage.

The atmospheric, and sometimes astronomical experiments, were performed during the few minutes when the rocket reached its peak altitude. The data was automatically relayed back to a ground station by radio transmission. This rocket was donated to the Smithsonian in 1976 by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aerojet General Corp.

Date
ca. 1955-1970

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Space Race

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Overall, aluminum with some steel
Dimensions
Overall: 30 ft. long x 1 ft. 3 in. diameter (914.4 x 38.1cm)

This is the Aerobee 150 sounding rocket that was capable of reaching an altitude of about 170 miles (270 km) with a payload of 150 pounds (70 kg) of scientific instruments. The rocket consisted of a solid-fuel booster and a liquid-fuel sustainer stage.

The atmospheric, and sometimes astronomical experiments, were performed during the few minutes when the rocket reached its peak altitude. The data was automatically relayed back to a ground station by radio transmission. This rocket was donated to the Smithsonian in 1976 by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aerojet General Corp.

Date
ca. 1955-1970

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Space Race

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Overall, aluminum with some steel
Dimensions
Overall: 30 ft. long x 1 ft. 3 in. diameter (914.4 x 38.1cm)

ID: A19760034000