The first object to make a suborbital flight

03/10/2021

Credit image: Fastfission (public domain) Our event of the day! October 3rd is a very special one in the space world. In this article, we will tell you about the first big event that took place on this date.

On October 3, 1942, Vergeltungswaffe 2 - "Weapon of Revenge 2", as the Germans call it, the V-2 was briefly the first ballistic missile to make a suborbital flight of Earth. For the first time, this rocket was designed in World War II and aimed at a crash on London, thus destroying London.

It was one of the few missiles built or even the only one in World War II. After several discussions, the rocket was launched. It set a performance: the first ballistic race to make a suborbital flight. The rocket, after being launched, flew approx. 200 km at an altitude of 80 km. The rocket was propelled with liquid propellant.

It was a long-range rocket, one of the best performings at the time. Nearly 20 German engines, parts, and other German manufacturing companies were instrumental in creating the missile. Approx. 12,000 people died believing this rocket during their hard work.

After that, more than 3,000 V-2 missiles were built, they did not set any record in the field of space, but destroyed more than 9,000 people. The A4- / V-2 rocket will remain the first ballistic missile built in the world and the first object to make a suborbital flight.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen

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