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RM-90 Blue Scout II

The RM-90 Blue Scout II was an American sounding rocket and


RM-90 Blue Scout II
expendable launch system which was flown three times during 1961. It was
used for two HETS test flights, and the launch of the Mercury-Scout 1
satellite for NASA. It was a member of theScout family of rockets.

The Blue Scout II was a military version of the NASA-operated Scout X-1.
All three launches occurred from Launch Complex 18B at the Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, the same launch pad used for the Blue Scout I.
The first two launches were successfully conducted on 3 March and 12 April
1961 respectively. They both carried HETS A2 plasma research experiments
on suborbital trajectories. The third launch was conducted on 1 November,
with the Mercury-Scout 1 satellite for NASA, which was intended to reach
low Earth orbit. The launch failed after the rocket went out of control, and
was destroyed by the range safety officer 43 seconds after liftoff.

References
Wade, Mark. "Scout". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved
2009-06-20.
Mercury-Scout 1
Krebs, Gunter. "Scout". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved
2009-06-20. Function Expendable launch
McDowell, Jonathan. "Scout". Orbital & Suborbital Launch system
Database. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-06-20. Sounding rocket
Heyman, Jos; Parsch, Andreas (2007-07-09)."LTV SLV-1 Manufacturer Vought
Scout". Appendix 3: Space Vehicles. Directory of U.S. Military
Rockets and Missiles. Retrieved 2009-06-20. Country of United States
origin
Size
Height 24 metres (79 ft)
Diameter 1.02 metres (3 ft 4 in)
Mass 16,874 kilograms
(37,201 lb)
Stages Four
Capacity
Payload to 30 kilograms (66 lb)
LEO
Associated rockets
Family Scout
Launch history
Status Retired
Launch sites Canaveral LC-18B
Total launches 3
Successes 2
Failures 1
First flight 1961-03-03
Last flight 1961-11-01

First stage – Algol 1B


Engines 1 solid
Thrust 471 kilonewtons
(106,000 lbf)
Specific 236 sec
impulse
Burn time 40 seconds
Fuel Solid
Second stage – Castor 1A
Engines 1 solid
Thrust 286 kilonewtons
(64,000 lbf)
Specific 247 sec
impulse
Burn time 27 seconds
Fuel Solid
Third stage – Antares 1A
Engines 1 X-254
Thrust 60 kilonewtons
(13,000 lbf)
Specific 256 sec
impulse
Burn time 39 seconds
Fuel Solid
Fourth stage – Altair 1A
Engines 1 X-248A
Thrust 14 kilonewtons (3,100 lbf)
Specific 255 sec
impulse
Burn time 40 seconds
Fuel Solid

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