Collection Item Summary:
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.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Aerojet General Corp.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Overall, aluminum with some steel
Overall: 30 ft. long x 1 ft. 3 in. diameter (914.4 x 38.1cm)
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Country of Origin
United States of America
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets