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LJ-1

Little Joe

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status
Failure

Mission


LJ-1

  • Type: Test Flight
  • Orbit: Suborbital

Little Joe 1 (LJ-1) was a failed launch of a Little Joe by NASA, a solid fuel rocket that was designed for a Max Q abort and Launch Escape System test for Mercury capsule. The objective was to determine how well the escape rocket would function under the most severe dynamic loading conditions anticipated during a Mercury-Atlas launching.

Location


Launch Area 1

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Launch Area 1 has witnessed the launch of 7 rockets, including 0 orbital launch attempts, while Wallops Island, Virginia, USA, has been the site for 77 rocket launches.

Launch Area 1

Rocket


North American Aviation Little Joe

Little Joe was a solid-fueled booster rocket used by NASA for eight launches from 1959-1960 from Wallops Island, Virginia to test the launch escape system and heat shield for Project Mercury capsules.

Little Joe

Agency


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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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