Early Bird

Overview

Destination: Geosynchronous Orbit
Mission: Communications

Geosynchronous Orbit Space Launch Complex 17A Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Early Bird, also known as Intelsat I, the world's first commercial communications satellite, was built for the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) by the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company, later Hughes Space and Communications Company.

Thor Delta D

Family: Thor
Configuration: Delta D

American orbital launch vehicle family with Thor first stage and a delta second stage.

Specifications
  • Stages
    4
  • Length
    32.0 m
  • Diameter
    2.44 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    2.44 m
  • Launch Mass
    63 T
  • Thrust
    1571 kN
Family
  • Name
    Thor Delta D
  • Family
    Thor
  • Variant
    Delta D
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Thor Delta D
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $12720000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    450 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    104 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

McDonnell Douglas

McDonnell Douglas

(MDC)

Successes: 369 Failures: 37 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

WIKI

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 17A


Black Brant IX
Success
14 hours, 54 minutes ago
SISTINE
Suborbital Launch Ramp - Arnhem Space Centre

The Suborbital Imaging Spectrograph for Transition region Irradiance from Nearby Exoplanet host stars (SISTINE) is a payload from the University of C…


LauncherOne
Success
4 days, 21 hours ago
Straight Up
Mojave Air and Space Port - Air launch to orbit

Launch contracted by the U.S. Space Force for the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP), with payloads provided by the DoD Space Test Program (STP) as…


Atlas V 541
Success
5 days, 5 hours ago
USSF-12
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Two US national security payloads. The first is the Space Force's Wide Field of View (WFOV) Testbed satellite, the second is a multi-manifest satelli…


PSLV
Success
6 days, 16 hours ago
DS-EO & others
Satish Dhawan Space Centre Second Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

DS-EO is an electro-optical multispectral Earth observation satellite for DSTA from Singapore. Secondary payloads are NeuSAR and SCOOB-I, both also f…


Falcon 9
Success
1 week ago
SES-22
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Geostationary communications satellite


Electron
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
CAPSTONE
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) is a 12-U cubesat mission to test operations in nea…


Long March 4C
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Gaofen-12-03
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), a …


Black Brant IX
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
XQC
Suborbital Launch Ramp - Arnhem Space Centre

The X-ray Quantum Calorimeter Experiment (XQC) is a payload from the University of Wisconsin. Its objective is to measure X-rays with unprecedented p…


Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks ago
Yaogan 35 Group 02
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese reconnaissance satellites.


Ariane 5 ECA+
Success
2 weeks ago
Measat-3d & GSAT 24
Ariane Launch Area 3 - Kourou, French Guiana

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