El Segundo in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
SV-5D Lifting Body
This replica represents an unmanned SV-5D lifting body, the first vehicle to maneuver on reentry from space. It was developed for Project PRIME (Precision Recovery Including Maneuvering Reentry).
Lifting bodies are wingless craft which derive aerodynamic lift from their body shape alone. They showed great promise as space vehicles capable of hypersonic reentry into the earth's atmosphere while possessing the ability to maneuver like aircraft. Manufactured by Martin Marietta Corporation, these vehicles were also designed to test new ablative heat shield material and to provide aerodynamic data on vehicle stability.
Three successful launches of actual SV-5D lifting bodies using Atlas boosters were conducted from Vandenberg Air Force Base down the Western Test Range during 1966-1967. Recovery of one of the vehicles near Kwajalein provided actual reentry heating, aerodynamic and cross-range maneuvering data which vitally aided later Air Force and NASA manned lifting body programs, including the Space Shuttle.
Project PRIME was managed by SMC's organizational ancestor, the Space Systems Division at Air
Presented to the Space and Missile Systems Organization by the SAMSO Junior Officers' Council in recognition of the organization's twenty years of accomplishments in ballistic missile and space programs, November 1974.
Erected 1974 by Space and Missile Systems Organization.
Location. 33° 55.12′ N, 118° 22.783′ W. Marker is in El Segundo, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and Douglas Street. Located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, not open to the public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 482 North Aviation Boulevard, El Segundo CA 90245, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capt. Lou Lenart, USMC (Ret.) (approx. 1.1 miles away); Eagle Squadrons (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Trans-Polar Air Route (approx. 1.8 miles away); Space Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Beach Cottage (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of the Childhood Home of The Beach Boys (approx. 2½ miles away); Flight Path (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dockweiler Hang Gliding Center (approx. 2.9 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.