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Reentry Flight Demonstrator (RFD)




Two spacecraft, launched on suborbital flights in 1963–64 to test reentry effects on nuclear reactor mock-ups supplied by the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The tests were carried out at a time when NASA and AEC were engaged in the NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Applications) program.


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   • SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES
   • REENTRY PHYSICS AND TERMINOLOGY