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J.D Hunley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031781

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031781.001.0001

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The Scout Family of Space-Launch Vehicles, 1956–1990

The Scout Family of Space-Launch Vehicles, 1956–1990

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U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology
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J. D. Hunley

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031781.003.0005

This chapter discusses the development of the Scout series of launch vehicles. The Scout series of launch vehicles was the first multistage booster to operate exclusively with solid-propellant motors. It remained the smallest multistage vehicle in long-term use for orbital launches. And it was the only launch vehicle developed under the auspices of Langley Research Center, which made many contributions to space efforts but, as the oldest of NASA's component organizations, had a long heritage of aeronautical effort that predated its space-related research. Like the Delta, with which it shared many stages, Scout proved to be both long-lasting and reliable. But in contrast with the Delta, it suffered through a difficult gestation and early childhood.

Keywords:   space launch vehicle technology, rocket technology, Scout, multistage booster, NASA

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