RM-89 Blue Scout I
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|
The RM-89 Blue Scout I was an American sounding rocket which was flown three 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.
The Blue Scout I was a three-stage rocket derived from the Scout X-1. All three 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 third launch was conducted on 12 April 1962, with a payload that was intended to investigate atmospheric reentry.
The first launch was successful, however recovery of the payload failed. Both other launches failed due to problems with the Blue Scout.
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