The Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test, otherwise known as Scout, Launch Vehicle Program began in 1957 after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite. The launch of Sputnik ignited the Space Race, during which the United States and the Soviet Union competed to conquer the next frontier— outer space. To gain a lead on the USSR, the United States initiated the Scout Launch Vehicle Program to produce an inexpensive, reliable, versatile, solid fuel launch vehicle for smaller payloads. Scout gave the country access to space for more than 30 years and, although small and relatively unknown outside of NASA offices, Scout was an unsung hero of the U.S. Space Program. The successful implementation of the versatile Scout launch vehicle helped to make the Space Program what it is today.
This exhibit was compiled and developed by Grace DiAgostino, a Pathways Student Trainee, in April 2015.
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