2022 Featured Rocket


RTV-G-4 Bumper Rocket

The German-American RTV-G-4 Bumper coupled a V-2 with a WAC Corporal second stage. The first six initial launches failed with the exception of launch five, which reached an altitude of 393 km. On July 24, 1950 at Launch Complex 3, Bumper 8 became the Cape’s first launch. The Bumper reached the upper atmosphere to meet the initial objective, but the flight was only partially successful as the second stage failed to ignite. Five days later, Bumper 7 launched from the Cape and was successful by reaching 5260 kph. Fragments from the blockhouse/launch control from this launch are on display at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Bumper 8, First Launch from the Cape, 24 July 1950, Pad 3
  • 30 June 1950 – Initial erection and test of the Bumper gantry, a missile-working stand, was completed
  • 24 July 1950 – Cape’s first major launch was Bumper 8 from Launch Complex 3
  • 29 July 1950 – Second and last Bumper-WAC launched from the Cape

The featured rocket will be portrayed on the event’s official race shirts, finisher medals, commemorative patches and other materials throughout 2022.