Display location: Museum exhibit hall
Type: Arcas weather rocket
Agency: U.S. Air Force, NASA
Contractor: Atlantic Research Corporation
The Arcas weather rocket system was used to obtain high altitude weather information. Arcas was a single-stage, low-thrust, sounding rocket weighing only 65 pounds and capable of sending a 12-pound payload to an altitude of approximately 40 miles.
Two versions of the Arcas were built: one was a meteorological rocket and the other one, called Robin, carried balloons for radar tracking experiments. The first launch of an Atlantic Research Corporation built Arcas was in July 1969.