Discoverer 2

Overview

Destination: Polar Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Polar Orbit Space Launch Complex 1W Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Discoverer II successfully reached orbit and took photos of Earth. However, when the capsule with the data was ejected in order to re-enter the atmosphere there was a timer malfunction meaning it seperated too early and landed over the North Pole rather than the intended target of Hawaii. The capsule was never recovered.

Thor Agena A

Family: Thor
Configuration: Agena A

Thor-Agena was a series of orbital launch vehicles. The rockets used Thor first stages and Agena second stages. They are thus cousins of the more-famous Thor-Deltas, which founded the Delta rocket family.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    28.0 m
  • Diameter
    2.44 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    2.44 m
  • Launch Mass
    53 T
  • Thrust
    667 kN
Family
  • Name
    Thor Agena A
  • Family
    Thor
  • Variant
    Agena A
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Thor Agena A
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $10700000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    250 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

McDonnell Douglas

McDonnell Douglas

(MDC)

Successes: 0 Failures: 0 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

WIKI

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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