|Type||Atmospheric re-entry testing unit.|
|Height||40 ft 4 in (12.3 m).|
|Diameter.||1st stage: 2 ft 7 in (0.79 m), 2nd stage: 1 ft 5 in (0.43 m) and 3rd stage: 0 ft 9.7 in (0.25 m).|
|Weight.||3,400 kg (7,400 lb)|
|Payload.||Some weighted test probes, cameras and senors.|
|Steering||N\A, but probably akin to aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era.|
|Made by||Lockheed Corporation.|
|Maximum altitude gained.||500 km (310 mi).|
|Range||135 miles (217 km).|
|Thrust||220.00 kN (49,450 lbf).|
|Engines||N\A, but probably akin to those of comparable role, configuration and era.|
|Sources||http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/x-17.html, http://users.dbscorp.net/jmustain/x-17.htm, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_X-17, http://www.astronautix.com/x/x-17.html and http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/x17.htm|
- Wingspan- 7 ft 7 in (2.3 m).
To create a successor to the Astrobee rocket and Black Brant I rocket.
The Lockheed X-17 was a three stage solid-fuel research rocket to test the effects of high mach atmospheric re-entry. It took off from Patrick AFB at one point and reached the speed of Mach 14.5.
The X-17 was also used as the booster for the Operation Argus series of three high-altitude nuclear tests that were conducted in the South Atlantic during 1958.
Whist it was puny in comparison to other later rockets, both it and other related rockets like the unguided suborbital sounding rocket, the Astrobee rocket and the Black Brant I rocket rocket were, non the less, a vital stage in researching early space data such as how high speeds and extreme g-forces would affect aviation machinery.