German V-2 captured by American forces during World War II, Studied by a team of German and American scientists under Dr. Wernher von Braun. Created a two-stage Rocket to reach outer space was a two-stage rocket consisting of a Wac Corporal set in the nose of a German V-2. Fired on February 24, 1949, from the White Sands Proving Ground, NM, USA, it reached an altitude of 250 miles.
February 24, 1949
White Sands Proving Ground, NM, USA
- 1st US rocket to reach outer space launches, February 24, 1949 | EDN – (via the Wayback Machine)
The first US rocket to reach outer space was launched from White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico on February 24, 1949. It flew to an altitude of 244 miles, high above the 62-mile Karman line that divides Earth’s atmosphere and space.
- First Launch | NASA
A new chapter in space flight began in July 1950 with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla: the Bumper 2, an ambitious two-stage rocket program that topped a V-2 missile base with a Corporal rocket.
- Multistage rocket – Wikipedia
A multistage (or multi-stage) rocket is a rocket that uses two or more stages, each of which contains its own engines and propellant. A tandem or serial stage is mounted on top of another stage; a parallel stage is attached alongside another stage.
- Getting rockets into space — Science Learning Hub
Rockets launched into space can be suborbital (brief visit to space) or orbital (staying in motion around the Earth) or can escape Earth’s gravity to travel deeper into space.
- Feb. 24, 1949: Piercing the Edge of the Final Frontier | WIRED
1949: The first U.S. rocket to reach what can be regarded as “outer space” is launched from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.