Scout launch vehicle, c 1960.
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The Scout was a four-stage solid fuel rocket developed by NASA as a versatile vehicle for launching small payloads into space. Hundreds of launches including many international ones were performed over thirty years beginning with the succesful deployment of the Explorer 9 satellite in 1961. In 1974 a Scout launched Miranda, Britain's last technology satellite. Scout vehicles were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Wallops Island, Virginia, and from sea-based platforms off the East African coast. The vehicle displayed in the Science Museum is on loan from NASA.