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Aerobee 150 Rocket

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This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Mall building.


Manufacturer: Aerojet General Corp.

Date: ca. 1955-1970

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Overall: 30 ft. long x 1 ft. 3 in. diameter (914.4 x 38.1cm)

Materials: Overall, aluminum with some steel

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

Inventory number: A19760034000

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