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Mission Objective

Project Highwater, authorized by NASA's Office of Space Sciences. The inert S-IV and S-V stages for these launches carried 109,000 liters (30,000 gallons) of ballast water for release in the upper atmosphere. This was used to study the effects on radio transmission and changes in local weather conditions. At an altitude of 150km, explosive devices ruptured the S-IV and S-V tanks and in just five seconds, ground observers saw the formation of a huge ice cloud estimated to be several kilometers in diameter.  Result: Successful

Launch

November 16, 1962 12:45:02 p.m. EST.

Orbit

Altitude: 167 km 
Inclination: xxx degrees 
Orbits: (suborbital) 
Duration: Days, hours, min, seconds 
Distance: 211 km downrange

Landing

November 16, 1962. Impact in the Atlantic ocean 

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Payload

Water (95 tons),
Dummy 2nd stage, 
Jupiter nose cone


Milestones

09/19/62 - S-1 Stage ondock at KSC 

09/19/62 - S-IV (dummy) Stage ondock at KSC 

09/19/62 - S-IU ondock at KSC 

11/16/62 - Launch

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