Welcome to the Scale Aerobee Gallery on TRF.
This gallery showcases the Aerobee Sounding Rocket and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:
Cosmodrome: Aerobee Hi:
Estes: Aerobee 300: K-17 or #1217
MMI: Aerobee Hi: #001-B
MMI: Aerobee Hi Deluxe: #001-A
MMI: Aerobee Hi Economy: #001-C
North Coast Rocketry: Aerobee Hi-Test: K-5
Rocket R&D: Aerobee Hi:
Semroc: Aerobee Hi: KV-2
Thrustline: Aerobee 300: TACL-013
as well as any upscales, downscales, clones, kitbashes or other derivative works. Even Goonies qualify!
American sounding rocket. In late 1945 James Van Allen was assigned by John Hopkins University to survey sounding rocket requirements for upper atmosphere research. The V-2 was found to be too heavy and complex. In 1946 Van Allen decided that what was needed was a small rocket, derived from the Aerojet Wac Corporal and the Bumblebee missile developed under a US Navy program. This combination of an Aerojet booster and a Bumblebee second stage was dubbed the Aerobee. Aerobees were launched for 53 m tall launch towers to provide the necessary stability until enough speed had been gained for the fins to be effective in controlling the rocket. Launch towers were built at White Sands, Fort Churchill, Wallops Island, and aboard the research ship USN Norton Sound. The Aerobee could take 68 kg to 130 km altitude.