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LJ-1A

Little Joe

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status
Partial Failure

Mission

LJ-1A

Type: Test Flight

Little Joe 1A (LJ-1A) was an unmanned rocket launched as part of NASA’s Mercury program on November 4, 1959. This flight, a repeat of the Little Joe 1 (LJ-1) launch, was to test a launch abort under high aerodynamic load conditions. Due to a delayed in the escape motor startup, the abort maneuver was not accomplished at the desired dynamic pressure, requiring a repeat of the test.

Location

Launch Area 1

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

72 rockets have launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA.

Launch Area 1, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rocket

Little Joe – North American Aviation

Family: Little Joe
Length: 17 m

The Little Joe was manufactured by North American Aviation with the first launch on 1959-08-21. Little Joe has 3 successful launches and 5 failed launches with a total of 8 launches. 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.

Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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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