Little Joe II Qualification Test Vehicle

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Little Joe II QTV
Mission type Test flight
Operator NASA
Mission duration ~5 min
Distance travelled 14 kilometers (8.7 mi)
Apogee 7.32 kilometers (4.55 mi)
Start of mission
Launch date August 28, 1963, 16:00:02 (1963-08-28UTC16:00:02Z) UTC
Rocket Little Joe II
Launch site White Sands LC-36
End of mission
Landing date August 28, 1963 (1963-08-29)
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Project Apollo
Abort Tests
Pad Abort Test 1

QTV (Qualification Test Vehicle) of the Apollo Little Joe II rocket was the first test flight in 1963.


The Little Joe II Qualification Test Vehicle was launched on its first flight from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Area # 3. The mission objectives were to prove the Little Joe II rocket's capability as an Apollo CSM test vehicle and to determine base pressures and heating on the rocket.


Little Joe II QTV was the first flight of the Little Joe II rockets. It was launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on August 28, 1963 from Launch Complex 36, Area number 3. The spacecraft consisted of a dummy launch escape system and a boilerplate command and service module. Most objectives were achieved. The lone failure was a malfunction in the destruct system.


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