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FIRE 1

Atlas D

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission


FIRE 1

  • Type: Materials Science
  • Orbit: Suborbital

FIRE (Flight Investigation of Re-Entry) was a high-speed reentry heat research program to obtain data on materials, heating rates, and radio signal attenuation on spacecraft reentering the atmosphere at speeds of about 24,500 miles per hour.

Location


Launch Complex 12

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Launch Complex 12 has witnessed the launch of 23 rockets, including 21 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 960 rocket launches.

Launch Complex 12

Rocket


Convair SM-65D Atlas

The SM-65D Atlas, or Atlas D, was the first operational version of the U.S. Atlas missile. Atlas D was first used as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to deliver a nuclear weapon payload on a suborbital trajectory. It was later developed as a launch vehicle to carry a payload to low Earth orbit on its own, and later to geosynchronous orbit, to the Moon, Venus, or Mars with the Agena or Centaur upper stage.

Agency


United States Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.

United States Air Force
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