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RTV-A-3 NATIV on launcher.jpg
A RTV-A-3 is prepared for a launch test
Type Experimental test rocket
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1948
Used by United States Air Force
Production history
Designed 1947
Manufacturer North American Aviation
Number built 7
Weight 1,200 pounds (540 kg)
Length 13 feet 4 inches (4.06 m)
Diameter 18 inches (460 mm)

Engine Rocket
2,600 lbf (12 kN)
Wingspan 4 feet 3.5 inches (1.308 m)
Propellant liquid fuel
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,[1] 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.[2] Used as a test vehicle for missile technology on behalf of the SM-64 Navaho project,[1] information on the results of the NATIV project are inconsistent. with some sources claiming six successes of 20 launch attempts,[2] while others suggest only one of six launch attempts was a partial success.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jacobs and Whitney 1962, p.118.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Parsch 2003
  3. Wade, Mark (ed.) "Nativ". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Accessed 2014-05-08.

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