RTV-N-12-A Viking 10
Published: December 7, 2004
viking 7, the viking rockets were totally
redesigned to carry a larger amount of fuel and a heavier payload. Fully
loaded the new viking weighed 6.800 kg against the 4.500 kg of the viking
diameter of the body was increased, the fins were delta shaped and
equipped with small roll control jets.
June 18, 1953 an attempt to launch the Viking 10 went wrong, when the
engine section exploded. Some how the rocket team managed to salvage their
burning rocket and on May 7, 1954 they were able to launch the viking 10. The
viking 10 reached an altitude of 219 km (136 miles) - about the same
altitude as viking 7. One of the viking 10 most distinct feature was to
large antennas, which were used in an experiment to probe the ionosphere.
Along with this Viking 10 carried some other experiments.
viking program ended with viking 12. It was simply too expensive to use so
large sounding rockets.
that wasn´t the last chapter in the rockets story. The
viking rocket was used as the first stage of the vanguard
Eric Truax has made a mod-kit for this model, so it can be fitted with a mmx-rocket-engine:
Sources for this model on the web:
Beggs aerospace - The viking rocket
The viking rocket story (1955) by Milton W. Rosen
"Science with a vengeance - how the military created the US space sciences after world war II" by David H. DeVorkin:
International Missile and spacecraft
guide, Frederick Ordway, III