Orion (rocket)

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This article is about the American rocket. For the Argentine rocket, see Orion-1. For the spacecraft, see Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. For other rocketry subjects, see Orion in astronautics.

Orion is the designation of a small American sounding rocket. The Orion has a length of 5.60 meters, a diameter of 0.35 m, a launch weight of 400 kg, a launch thrust of 7 kN and a ceiling of 85 kilometers. The Orion, built by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, is also used as an upper stage of sounding rockets, usually paired with a Terrier as the first stage.[1]


  1. ^ Wade, Mark. "Orion Sounding Rocket". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2014-05-08.