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Family: A4. Country: Germany. Status: Hardware 1937.

Subscale test model of A4 (V-2). Wingspan 0.93 m. The rocket's expected longer range required moving the launch site from Kummersdorf to the island of Greifwalder Oie (within site of the permanent new rocket test facilities being built at Peenemuende). All of the test launches were failures. A total redesign, the A5, was used for subscale development of A4 technology. Propellants Lox/75% alcohol.


Specifications

Launches: 4. Failures: 4. Success Rate: 0.00% pct. First Launch Date: 04 December 1937. Last Launch Date: 11 December 1937. Liftoff Thrust: 1,500 kgf. Total Mass: 740 kg. Core Diameter: 0.7 m. Total Length: 6.7 m.


A3 Chronology


1936 Feb 1 -
1937 Dec 4 - Launch Site: Peenemuende . FAILURE: Engine cutoff at 6.5 seconds.
1937 Dec 6 - Launch Site: Peenemuende . FAILURE: Engine cutoff early.
1937 Dec 8 - Launch Site: Peenemuende . FAILURE: Engine cutoff early.
1937 Dec 11 - Launch Site: Peenemuende . FAILURE: Engine cutoff early.

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