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Lot #9051
Peenemunde: German V-2 Rocket Test Report

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Original copy of a German document, three pages on two sheets, 8.25 x 11.75, July 3, 1944. Launch report of a German V-2 (A4) rocket, stamped as top secret ("Geheime Kommandosache"), issued at Heimat Artillerie Park 11 at the Peenemünde Army Research Center. The report offers details of the rocket and launch: "Machine nr. 17657, Constructor MW [Mittelwerke], Launch date and time: 24.6.1944, 9.05AM, Responsible people/engineers : Brützel and Huzel. Launch site: Karlshagen, launch site VII." This is followed by the test goal ("Test of an inner circuit, guidance beam, target shot at 170km distance"), weather report, and technical data. Most interesting is the result of the test flight: the rocket crashed after traveling 172km, only 538 meters off-target. In fine condition, with uniform toning.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space Exploration and Aviation
  • Dates: #664 - Ended April 20, 2023