Courier 1B

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 17B Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

An active repeater communications satellite. The vehicle succesfully launched and successfully operated for a few weeks proving the experimental system.

Thor DM-21 Ablestar

Family: Thor-Ablestar
Configuration: DM-21

The Thor-Ablestar, or Thor Able-Star, also known as Thor-Epsilon was an early American expendable launch system consisting of a PGM-17 Thor missile, with an Ablestar upper stage. It was a member of the Thor family of rockets, and was derived from the Thor-Able.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    29.0 m
  • Diameter
    1.44 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    51 T
  • Thrust
    760 kN
Family
  • Name
    Thor DM-21 Ablestar
  • Family
    Thor-Ablestar
  • Variant
    DM-21
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Thor DM-21 Ablestar
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    150 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

United States Air Force

United States Air Force

(USAF)

Successes: 972 Failures: 106 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Government

INFO WIKI

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 17B


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Success
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Long March 2D
Success
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3 Chinese military reconnaissance satellites.


Falcon 9
Success
6 days, 1 hour ago
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Kuaizhou
Success
6 days, 2 hours ago
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Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

2 Chinese classified satellites.


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Success
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Soyuz 2.1a
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
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31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

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Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Yunhai-1-03
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Starlink Group 4-34
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 54 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Electron
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
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Long March 7A
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
ChinaSat 1E
201 - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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