LJ-5A

Overview

Destination: Suborbital
Mission: Test Flight

Suborbital Launch Area 1 Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Uncrewed launch escape system test of the Mercury spacecraft, conducted as part of the U.S. Mercury program. It was an attempted re-test of the failed Little Joe 5 flight.

Little Joe

Family: Little Joe
Configuration:

Little Joe was a solid-fueled booster rocket used by NASA for eight launches from 1959-1960 from Wallops Island, Virginia to test the launch escape system and heat shield for Project Mercury capsules.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    17.0 m
  • Diameter
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
  • Thrust
Family
  • Name
    Little Joe
  • Family
    Little Joe
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Little Joe
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Mercury No.14


In-active Human Rated Unmanned Crew Capacity: 1
Destination: Suborbital
Serial Number: 14

Mercury No.14 is the Mercury capsule used for the Little Joe 5A mission.

Mercury Details

North American Aviation

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Founded: 1928 Successes: 15 Failures: 6 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

North American Aviation (NAA) was a major American aerospace manufacturer, responsible for a number of historic aircraft, including the T-6 Texan trainer, the P-51 Mustang fighter, the B-25 Mitchell bomber, the F-86 Sabre jet fighter, the X-15 rocket plane, and the XB-70, as well as Apollo command and service module, the second stage of the Saturn V rocket, the Space Shuttle orbiter and the B-1 Lancer.

WIKI

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Launch Area 1


Soyuz STB
Success
5 hours, 24 minutes ago
2 x Galileo
Soyuz Launch Complex - Kourou, French Guiana

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Falcon 9
Success
2 days, 6 hours ago
Starlink 4-3
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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Long March 3
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
ChinaSat 1D
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Kosmos 2552 (EKS 5/Tundra 5)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

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Kuaizhou
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Shiyan 11
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Soyuz 2.1b
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Uzlovoy Module (UM) "Prichal"
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Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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Long March 4C
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen-3 02
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Astra Rocket 3
Success
2 weeks ago
STP-27AD2
Launch Pad 3B - Pacific Spaceport Complex, Alaska, USA

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Long March 4B
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Gaofen-11-03
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

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