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ARTV (Advanced Reentry Test Vehicle)




Early American suborbital reentry tests involving mice. All were launched by Thor-Able rockets from Cape Canaveral.


mission launch date notes
ARTV 1 Apr. 24, 1958 Failed due to Thor turbopump problem. Mouse "Mia" not recovered
ARTV 2 Jul. 10, 1958 Mouse "Mia II" reached 1,600 km altitude, flew 9600 km range,
but reentry vehicle not recovered
ARTV 3 Jul. 23, 1958 Mouse "Wickie" not recovered; nosecone lost


Related categories

   • SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES
   • REENTRY PHYSICS AND TERMINOLOGY