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Navy and the
Air Force contributed'to therecovery of the Jupiter intermediate range ballistic missile nosecone launched from the Atlantic Missile Range, Cape Canaveral,Flqridst,. by the Army's rocket-space team.The cone carried bio-medical experiments on
basis in support of NASA's space
The Jupiter launchingwas
regularly scheduled event
the IRBM weapons developmentprogram,The recovery gear employed in the test had functionedsuccessfully in three out of four previous missile launchings bythe Army.The first missile nose cone recovered in the Free World afterballistic flight of long range was picked up bytheNavy August
transported by an Army Jupiter
rocket.In May and July,
the Navy recovered two full-scale
nose cones in undamaged condition after they werelaunched from the Atlantic Missile Range. They traveled about
miles.For the current test, the carrier vehicle was the Army-developed Jupiter.
were considered successful
an extraordinaryrecord of reliability.had developed
technique to protect
premature destruction when it reenters Earth's atmosphere from
degrees Fahrenheit would otherwise destroythe cone before it reached the target area.
The missile has been launched
times andThe success of earlier recoveries established that the
The nose cone for the Jupiter was designed and developed
the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, theorganization responsible for the entire Jupiter missile system.The Cincinnati Testing and Research Laboratories, Cincinnati,Ohio, assisted
the development work.MORE