Flight 87

Overview

Destination: Suborbital
Mission: Test Flight

Suborbital Edwards Air Force Base Air launch to Suborbital flight

Flight 87 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1963. Piloted by Robert A. Rushworth it reached an altitude of 86.7 km.

North American X-15

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The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    15.47 m
  • Diameter
    6.61 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    15195 T
  • Thrust
    286 kN
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  • Name
    North American X-15
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  • Full Name
    North American X-15
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

X-15-3


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 1 Crew Capacity: 1
Destination: Suborbital
Serial Number: 56-6672

Third X-15 experimental rocket plane. Destroyed during flight 191.

North American X-15 Details

Crew


Robert A. Rushworth

Pilot - American - ( NASA )

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: Oct. 9, 1924
Date of Death: March 18, 1993

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.

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