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Explorer 16

Scout X-3

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Explorer 16

Type: Earth Science

Explorer 16 was the second in the series of micrometeoroid satellites orbited by NASA. Its purpose was to obtain data on the near-earth meteoroid environment, thus providing an accurate estimate of the probability of penetration in spacecraft structures by meteoroids and allowing a more confident definition of the relationship between penetration flux and material thickness to be derived.

Location

Launch Area 3

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

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

Launch Area 3, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rocket

Scout X-3 – Vought

Family: Scout
Length: 24 m
Diameter: 1.01 m
Launch Mass: 17 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 87 kg

The Scout X-3 was manufactured by Vought with the first launch on 1962-12-16. Scout X-3 has 4 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 5 launches. The Scout family of rockets were were American launch vehicles designed to place small satellites into orbit around the Earth. The Scout multistage rocket was the first orbital launch vehicle to be entirely composed of solid fuel stages.

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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