The sign accompanying the missile. It reads
Designed as a reliable and inexpensive launch vehicle for
small, space research payloads, the Blue Scout was a four-stage, solid
The Blue Scout is able to place 100 to 200-pound payloads into a 400-mile polar
orbit, or it can place 320 pounds into a 300-mile orbit. Both long and
elliptical orbits are possible, allowing analysis of the space phenomenon
called the Van Allen Radiation Belts.
The Blue Scout was employed by NASA and the Air Force in the Hypersonic
Environmental Test System (HETS) space programs.
Several versions of the Blue Scout were developed. The SLV-1A was a guided,
four-stage rocket. Using the most power solid propellant in the world at the
time, the SLV-1A produced 176,000 pounds of thrust.
Two versions, the SLV-1B and the LV-1B modified Blue Scout, Jr., were unguided
and followed ballistic trajectories. The Blue Scout, Jr., was a three-stage
rocket equipped with a UHF emergency rocket communications system (ERCS) as a
back-up for communicating with SAC alert forces on UHF frequencies.
This missile is on loan from the U.S. Air Force Museum Program.
Specifications of the Blue Scout
Purpose: Standard rocket launch vehicle
Designation: SLV-1A/LV-1 (Standard Launch Vehicle/Launch Vehicle)
Manufacturer: Missiles and Space Division, LTV Aerospace Corporation
Weight: 39,000 lb (approximately)
Range: 12,000 mi with 1,000-lb payload, 25,000 mi with 500-lb
Propulsion: 1st stage: 1 Aerojet General Algol II solid-fuel engine,
103,000-lb static thrust. 2nd stage: 1 Thiokol Castor I solid-fuel engine,
64,000-lb static thrust. 3rd stage: 1 Allegheny Ballistic Lab Antares
solid-fuel engine, 18,000-lb static thrust. 4th stage: 1 Minneapolis Honeywell
Altair solid-fuel engine, 3,000-lb static thrust.
Apogee: 400-mi polar orbit
Number built: Undetermined
Versions: SLV-1B, LV-1B
Years of service: 1960s
Length: 70' (with payload)
|Diameter:||40" (1st stage)|
| ||31" (2nd stage)|
| ||30" (3rd stage)|
| ||25" (4th stage)|