Aerobee 150 Rocket

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    Aerobee 150 Rocket

    Bottom (booster) stage with 3 clipped triangular fins at base and large protruding exhaust nozzle underneath. Booster affixed to second, sustainer stage by four booster mounts. Sustainer stage longer and cylindrical, topped by gradually tapering nose to sharp point. With three similar fins at base.

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    Aerobee 150 Rocket

    Bottom (booster) stage with 3 clipped triangular fins at base and large protruding exhaust nozzle underneath. Booster affixed to second, sustainer stage by four booster mounts. Sustainer stage longer and cylindrical, topped by gradually tapering nose to sharp point. With three similar fins at base.

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    Aerobee 150 Rocket

    Bottom (booster) stage with 3 clipped triangular fins at base and large protruding exhaust nozzle underneath. Booster affixed to second, sustainer stage by four booster mounts. Sustainer stage longer and cylindrical, topped by gradually tapering nose to sharp point. With three similar fins at base.

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

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.