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  • Peter Larsson ❤♡❤

    In July 1950 the first Bumper rocket is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Bumper was a two-stage rocket consisting of a Post-War V-2 topped by a WAC Corporal rocket. It could reach then-record altitudes of almost 400 km. Launched by General Electric Company, this Bumper was used primarily for testing rocket systems and for research on the upper atmosphere. They carried small payloads that allowed them to measure attributes including air temperature and cosmic ray impacts.

  • Historic Pictures, OnThisDay, & Facts

    July 24, 1950 - The Bumper 8, a two stage rocket, launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida

  • Margaret McCulloch

    Space History Photo: The Bumper 8 was the first missile launched at Cape Canaveral on July 24, 1950.

  • Troy Bond

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