Aerojet General X-8
|Aerojet X-8 rocket|
|Type||Upper Atmospheric Research Vehicle, X-Plane|
|Maiden flight||2 December, 1949|
United States Air Force
United States Navy
The Aerojet General X-8 was an unguided, spin-stabilized sounding rocket designed to launch a Template:Convert payload to Template:Convert. The X-8 was later spun-off into the prolific Aerobee rocket.
At launch, an Template:Convert thrust Aerojet solid rocket booster fired for 2.5 seconds. After booster jettison, a Template:Convert thrust RTV-N10 liquid fuel rocket burned for up to 40 seconds (depending on desired apogee). The spent rocket then fell back in a ballistic arc, the payload returning to Earth via parachute. The baseline X-8 measured Template:Convert in length and measured Template:Convert across the fins. In testing, a maximum altitude of Template:Convert and a speed of Mach six was achieved.
- X-8 - 68
- X-8A - 34
- X-8B - 1
- X-8C - 2
- X-8D - 3
Data from The X-Planes: X-1 to X-45
- Crew: unmanned
- Length: 20ft 1.5in ()
- Wingspan: 5ft 3in ()
- Height: 15in ()
- Wing area: 36ft² ()
- Empty weight: 135lb ()
- Loaded weight: 1,097lb ()
- Useful load: 150-300lb ()
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- Miller, Jay (2001). "Aerojet General X-8A, X-8B, X-8C, and X-8D Aerobee", The X-Planes: X-1 to X-45. Hinckley, UK: Midland. ISBN 1857801091.
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