- Just how much can tall skinny rockets bend? (roughly, safely)
- Why is Falcon 9's shape so tall and skinny?
- If not constrained by underpasses, etc., would Falcon 9 have been less of a flying noodle?
- What determines rocket height/width?
- Smallest orbital rocket by diameter? (currently unanswered, could be this one)
- Smallest orbital rockets by height?
are well and good, but after seeing the Scout D-1 in the excellent Curious Droid video Black Arrow : The Lipstick Rocket - A Very British Space Program at around
09:33 (screen shot below) where it looks as thin and tall as the metal towers holding the lightning wires around the launch site I wondered if this is in fact the highest aspect ratio (height/width) or most "noodle-like" orbital launch vehicle ever.
Question: What is/was the most noodle-like orbital launch vehicle ever? Which one has/had the highest aspect ratio? Don't including fins, strap-ons or fairings, just the rocket body diameter. If it's modulated along the length, feel free to take some length-averaged mean diameter if necessary.
From If not constrained by underpasses, etc., would Falcon 9 have been less of a flying noodle? illustrating that rockets can be so long and narrow that they can bend and flex in the wind!