Vanguard II

Overview

Destination: Medium Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Medium Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 18A Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Vanguard II is an Earth orbiting satellite and the first weather satellite. It was designed to measure cloud-cover distribution over the daylight portion of its orbit for a period of 19 days and to provide information on the density of the atmosphere.

Vanguard

Family: Vanguard
Configuration:

The Vanguard rocket was intended to be the first launch vehicle the United States would use to place a satellite into orbit. Instead, the Sputnik crisis caused by the surprise launch of Sputnik 1 led the U.S., after the failure of Vanguard TV3, to quickly orbit the Explorer 1 satellite using a Juno I rocket, making Vanguard I the second successful U.S. orbital launch.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    23.0 m
  • Diameter
    1.14 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    1.14 m
  • Launch Mass
    10 T
  • Thrust
    123 kN
Family
  • Name
    Vanguard
  • Family
    Vanguard
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Vanguard
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    9 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

(LMT)

Founded: 1953 Successes: 270 Failures: 25 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

Lockheed Martin's Space Division started in the production of missiles and later ICBM's in the 1950s. Their TITAN missile system was used for 12 Gemini spacecraft and the Voyager probes. They have worked largely in collaboration with NASA on many of their probes, landers, and spacecraft, and hope to play a key role in NASA's return to the moon in 2024.

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Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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