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Aerobee 150 Rocket

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This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Aerojet General Corp.

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Overall, aluminum with some steel

Dimensions

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

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

ca. 1955-1970

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19760034000

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