RM-89 Blue Scout I
The RM-89 Blue Scout I was an American sounding rocket which was flown four times between January 1961 and April 1962. It was used for Two HETS test flights, and a flight to investigate atmospheric re-entry. It was a member of the Scout family of rockets.
Blue Scout D6 ahead of the second HETS launch
|Country of origin||United States|
|Height||21.65 metres (71.0 ft)|
|Diameter||1.02 metres (3 ft 4 in)|
|Mass||16,738 kilograms (36,901 lb)|
|Derivatives||RM-90 Blue Scout II|
|Launch sites||Canaveral LC-18B|
|First stage – Algol 1B|
|Thrust||471 kilonewtons (106,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||236 sec|
|Burn time||40 seconds|
|Second stage – Castor 1A|
|Thrust||286 kilonewtons (64,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||247 sec|
|Burn time||27 seconds|
|Third stage – Antares 1A|
|Thrust||60 kilonewtons (13,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||256 sec|
|Burn time||39 seconds|
|Fourth stage – Castor 1A|
|Thrust||65 kilonewtons (15,000 lbf)|
|Specific impulse||249 sec|
|Burn time||29 seconds|
The Blue Scout I was a four-stage rocket derived from the Scout X-1. All four launches occurred from Launch Complex 18B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The first two launches were conducted on 7 January and 9 May 1961 respectively. They both carried HETS A1 plasma research experiments on suborbital trajectories. The second two launches were conducted on 12 April 1962, with a payload that was intended to investigate atmospheric reentry.
The first two launches was successful, however recovery of the payload failed. The second two launches failed due to problems with the Blue Scout.
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