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Little Joe II

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status



Type: Test Flight

A-003 was the fourth abort test of the Apollo spacecraft. This particular flight is notable because during the abort test flight, an actual abort situation occurred, and further proved the Apollo launch escape system (LES). The CM was successfully pulled away from the malfunctioning Little Joe booster and it landed safely under parachutes.


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Launch Complex 36

White Sands Missile Range

5 rockets have launched from White Sands Missile Range.

Launch Complex 36, White Sands Missile Range


Little Joe II – Convair

  • Family: Little Joe
  • Length: 26.2 m
  • Diameter: 3.9 m

The Little Joe II was manufactured by Convair with the first launch on 1963-08-28. Little Joe II has 4 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 5 launches. American rocket used from 1963 to 1966 for five uncrewed suborbital tests of the Apollo spacecraft launch escape system and of the command module parachute recovery system in abort mode.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: NASA
  • Administration: Administrator: Bill Nelson
  • Founded: 1958
  • Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS
  • Spacecraft: Orion
  • Country: USA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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