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RFD 2

RFD 2 [v]

RFD 2 (Reentry Flight Demonstration 2) was a suborbital experiment to test the survivability of the SNAP-19 RTG, which was to be flown on Nimbus satellites, during atmospheric reentry. In case these nuclear generators accidentally reentered the Earth’s atmosphere, they were designed to disassemble in the early stages of reentry and expose the fuel capsules to enough aerodynamic heating that any radioactive materials would not survive to the ground.

The vehicle consisted of an instrumented reentry body with a dummy SNAP-19 RTG in front of it. Instruments monitored the destruction of the RTG by measuring trace chemicals.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Sandia Corp.
Contractors: Sandia Corp.
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: Batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit: suborbital
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
RFD 2 N/A 09.10.1964 WI LA-3 * Scout-X3C

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Further RFD missions: