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


Falcon 9
Success
2 days, 7 hours ago
Starlink Group 4-15
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 5 hours ago
Starlink Group 4-13
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 53 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Hyperbola-1
Failure
3 days, 20 hours ago
Jilin-1 Mofang-01A(R)
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

New generation experimental Earth imaging satellite for the Jilin-1 constellation. NOTE: Payload identity unconfirmed.


Long March 7
Success
1 week ago
Tianzhou-4
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Third cargo delivery mission to the Chinese large modular space station.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Starlink Group 4-17
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 53 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Jilin-1 Wideband-01C & High Resolution 03D-27 to 33
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Earth observation satellites for the Jilin-1 commercial Earth observation satellites constellation.


Electron
Success
2 weeks ago
There and Back Again
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Commercial rideshare mission including payloads for Alba Orbital, Astrix Astronautics, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, E-Space, Spaceflight Inc, Swar…


Long March 11
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Jilin-1 Gaofen 03D-04 to 07 & 04A
Mobile launch platform - Sea Launch

Earth observation satellites for the Jilin-1 commercial Earth observation satellites constellation.


Falcon 9
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink Group 4-16
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 53 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Angara 1.2
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Kosmos 2555 (MKA-R)
35/1 - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Russian military radar satellite.