Little Joe II QTV
Mission typeTest flight
Mission duration~5 min
Distance travelled14 kilometers (8.7 mi)
Apogee7.32 kilometers (4.55 mi)
Start of mission
Launch dateAugust 28, 1963, 16:00:02 (1963-08-28UTC16:00:02Z) UTC
RocketLittle Joe II
Launch siteWhite Sands LC-36
End of mission
Landing dateAugust 28, 1963 (1963-08-29)
Project Apollo
Abort Tests

QTV (Qualification Test Vehicle) was the first test flight of the Apollo Little Joe II rocket. It was launched in August 1963.


The Little Joe II Qualification Test Vehicle was launched on its first flight from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Area # 3. The mission objectives were to prove the Little Joe II rocket's capability as an Apollo CSM test vehicle and to determine base pressures and heating on the rocket.


Little Joe II QTV was the first flight of the Little Joe II rockets. It was launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on August 28, 1963 from Launch Complex 36, Area number 3. The vehicle payload consisted of a simulated command and service module (rather than a boilerplate spacecraft, as used on later test flights) and an inert launch escape system.

Most objectives were achieved. The lone failure was a malfunction in the destruct system.


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