posted on Jan, 22 2003 @ 10:27 AM
Aerojet General X-8 Series
It's (1947) and this is no weather ballon.
First Flight: November 24, 1947
Mission: Upper atmosphere research (sounding) rocket. Designed to carry light payloads to high altitude. Payloads were recoverable via nose cone
parachute (rocket was expendable). Goal was to launch 150 pound payloads to 200,000 ft.
Major Accomplishments: Conducted high altitude experiments, gathered data on solar radition, high altitude winds, the Earth's magnetic fields, and
rocket systems aerodynamics.
Power Source (Main engine): RTV-N10 liquid fuel rocket, with 2,600 lbs thrust (up to 40 seconds)
Power Source (Booster): Aerojet solid fuel unit with 18,000 lbs thrust for 2.5 seconds.
Fin Span: 5.25'
Maximum Achieved Speed: Mach 6
Maximum Achieved Altitude: 138 miles
Additional Information: The X-8 was an unguided, spin stabilized sounding rocket. It carried photographic, atmospheric, biological and other
experimental packages. The X-8 (and its Navy designation "Aerobee" flow from 1947 to the present day by various military and civilian organizations.
Over 900 X-8s of various models have been constructed
X-8 Aerobee on display at USAF Museum