Nike Smoke rocket
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The Nike Smoke, was a sounding rocket part of a research project on the behavior of the horizontal winds in the upper atmosphere, developed by NASA in the 60s based on Nike booster. The goal was to obtain more accurate data on the behavior of these winds in order to guide the design of new vehicles.
In the early 60s, NASA's Nike Smoke project, was developed by Langley Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center laboratories, to study the horizontal wind speed and its influence on rockets flights. The Nike booster was chosen due to its high reliability and availability, as thousands were manufactured to meet the Project Nike.
- NASA - Cultural Resources Nike Smoke Youtube video.
- NASA - Wind Velocity Profiles by the Smoke-Trail method - Wallops Island, 1965-1969
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