A RTV-A-3 is prepared for a launch test
|Type||Experimental test rocket|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States Air Force|
|Manufacturer||North American Aviation|
|Weight||1,200 pounds (540 kg)|
|Length||13 feet 4 inches (4.06 m)|
|Diameter||18 inches (460 mm)|
2,600 lbf (12 kN)
|Wingspan||4 feet 3.5 inches (1.308 m)|
|40 miles (64 km)|
|Flight ceiling||63,000 feet (19,000 m)|
|Speed||c. Mach 3|
The RTV-A-3 NATIV was an experimental missile program, developed by North American Aviation for the United States Air Force in the late 1940s to test and evaluate guided missile technologies.
Originally given the project number MX-770, NATIV - the North American Test Instrument Vehicle - was influenced by the design of the Wasserfall surface-to-air missile developed in Germany during World War II. Used as a test vehicle for missile technology on behalf of the SM-64 Navaho project, information on the results of the NATIV project are inconsistent. with some sources claiming six successes of 20 launch attempts, while others suggest only one of six launch attempts was a partial success.
References[edit | edit source]
- Jacobs and Whitney 1962, p.118.
- Parsch 2003
- Wade, Mark (ed.) "Nativ". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Accessed 2014-05-08.
- Jacobs, Hoarce; Eunice Whitney (1962). Missile and Space Projects Guide: 1962. New York: Plenum Press. ISBN 978-1489969675.
- Parsch, Andreas (2003). "RTV-A-3". Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles. designation-systems.net. http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/rtv-a-3.html. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
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