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Blue Scout I



Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

Classification: Space Launch Vehicle

Length: 71 feet, 11 inches

Diameter: 3 feet, 4 inches

Finspan: To Be Updated


In 1960, the NASA Scout was modified in support of U.S. Air Force activities. The Blue Scout I, carrying a numerical designation of XRM-89, was the first military version of the Scout rocket.

In all other respects identical to the NASA Scout, the Blue Scout I eliminated the Altair fourth stage. Removal of the fourth stage left room to accommodate a larger and heavier payload than could have been carried otherwise.

As a three-stage launcher, the Blue Scout I was able to carry a 400-pound payload into low-Earth orbit.

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