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PRIME 3

Atlas SLV-3

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission

PRIME 3

Type: Test Flight

The Martin X-23 PRIME (Precision Recovery Including Maneuvering Entry) was a small uncrewed lifting body re-entry vehicle tested by the United States Air Force in the late 1960s. PRIME 3 mission was flown on 19 April 1967 and simulated reentry from low-earth orbit with a 1143 km cross-range. This time, all systems performed perfectly, and the X-23 was successfully recovered.

Location

Space Launch Complex 3E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

698 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 3E, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Atlas SLV-3 – Convair

Family: Atlas
Length: 21 m
Diameter: 3.05 m
Launch Mass: 120 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 800 kg

The Atlas SLV-3 was manufactured by Convair with the first launch on 1966-06-01. Atlas SLV-3 has 4 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 4 launches. The Atlas SLV-3, or SLV-3 Atlas was an American expendable launch system derived from the SM-65 Atlas / SM-65D Atlas missile. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets.

Agency

United States Air Force

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USAF

Country: USA

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