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RV- A-10



RV-A-10 Fact Sheet


Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge


Classification: Research Rocket


Length: 20 feet, 3 inches


Finspan: 7 feet, 11 inches


Diameter: 31 inches


Date of First Cape Canaveral Launch: February 11, 1953


Date of Final Cape Canaveral Launch: March 25, 1953


Number of Cape Canaveral Launches: 4


RV-A-10 was a research rocket built for the U.S. Army Project Hermes. The rocket was designed to test the feasibility of large, solid-fueled rocket engines. It was powered by a Thiokol solid-fuel engine capable of producing a liftoff thrust of 32,000 pounds. The RV-A-10 could reach a maximum altitude of 36 miles with a maximum range of 68 miles. Test launches confirmed that large, solid-fueled rocket engines were feasible and could be employed in future rockets and missiles.


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