Discoverer 3

Overview

Destination: Polar Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

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

The Discoverer 3 reconnaissance satellite failed to reach orbit due to a failure of the Agena A upper stage.

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

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