Aries Missile Launch at White Sands Missile Range
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Aries Missile Shortly After Launch

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     The Aries is a solid-propellant rocket developed for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) by Space Vector Corp. in the early 1970s. The Aries is a sounding rocket and/or target that uses a Minuteman I second stage (Aerojet M-56 Rocket Motor) fitted with four fins and a nose cone. Aries are capable of carrying 1800 pound payloads to an altitude of 200 miles. A number of Aries have been launched by the Navy at WSMR.

This Aries was launch by the Navy at White Sands for the Air Force Geophysical Lab (AFGL).

Photo from the George Helfrich Collection