Science: Rocket Away

From the U.S.S. Norton Sound, a converted Navy seaplane tender cruising the Pacific south of Hawaii, came a bit of rather ominous news. A Viking rocket (body by Glenn L. Martin Co. propulsion by Reaction Motors, Inc.) had been launched from its deck to an altitude of 106.4 miles. This is only a few miles short of the record for single-stage rockets (114 mi.) made by the larger German V2.

The V-2 is 46 ft. long, 5½ ft. in diameter, and weighs 28,000 lbs. fully fueled. The Viking is 45 ft. long, only 2½ ft....