Far Side Sounding Rocket

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Far Side Sounding Rocket

Collection Item Summary:

Project Far Side was a series of six low-cost, all-solid-fuel, four-stage, balloon-launched sounding rockets, each launched from a carrier 200 foot (62 m) diameter balloon, and built and used in 1957. When each balloon reached its maximum altitude of about 100,000 feet (30,480 m), the rockets fired through the balloon.

Each Far Side rocket carried a scientific payload of three to five pounds (1.4-2.3 kg) of instruments for measuring cosmic rays, electromagnetic radiations, interplanetary gases, and other phenomena. The maximum altitude reached by the Far Side rockets may have been 4,000 miles (6,440 km). This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1965 by the Aeronutronics Division of the Ford Motor Co.

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

Credit Line

Gift of Ford Motor Company, Aeronutronics Division

Materials

Primarily aluminum, with some steel

Dimensions

Other: 1 ft. 8 in. diameter x 23 ft. 12 in. tall (50.8 x 731.5cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1957

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19680013000

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