ATS 1 (Applications Technology Satellite) was designed and launched for the purpose of testing new concepts in spacecraft design, propulsion, and stabilization, collecting high-quality cloudcover pictures and relaying processed meteorological data via an earth-synchronous satellite, providing in situ measurements of the aerospace environment, and testing improved communication systems.
The Atlas-Agena was an American expendable launch system derived from the SM-65 Atlas missile. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets, and was launched 109 times between 1960 and 1978.
Convair, previously Consolidated Vultee, was an American aircraft manufacturing company that later expanded into rockets and spacecraft. The company was formed in 1943 by the merger of Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee Aircraft. In 1953 it was purchased by General Dynamics, and operated as their Convair Division for most of its corporate history.WIKI