ARTV (Advanced Reentry Test Vehicle)

The ARTVs (Advanced Reentry Test Vehicles) were 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 9,600 km range,
but reentry vehicle not recovered
ARTV 3 Jul 23, 1958 Mouse "Wickie" not recovered; nosecone lost