Atlas Agena B

In-active Atlas

United States Air Force (USAF)

None

Description

The Atlas LV-3A was a largely unsuccessful configuration until it was given an Agena B upper stage. It was responsible for the launch of Mariner II to Venus and had one of the first engines that could be restarted in orbit.

Specifications
  • Length
    20.27 m
  • Diameter
    3.05 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    130 T
  • Thrust
    363 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas Agena B
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    LV-3 Agena B
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas LV-3 Agena B
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $14210000
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

United States Air Force

Government
None
USAF

None

Atlas Agena B | Ranger 9

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 21, 1965, 9:37 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Lunar impactor which successfully reached the surface after transmitting 5,814 photographs.

Lunar Impactor
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Atlas Agena B | Ranger 8

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Feb. 17, 1965, 5:05 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Lunar impactor which successfully reached the surface after transmitting 7,137 photographs.

Lunar Impactor
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Atlas Agena B | OGO 1

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Sept. 5, 1964, 1:23 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The OGO (Orbiting Geophysical Observatory) series was a series of large, complex research satellites.

Elliptical Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Ranger 7

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
July 28, 1964, 4:50 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Lunar impactor which successfully reached the surface after transmitting 7,137 photographs.

Lunar Impactor
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Atlas Agena B | Ranger 6

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Jan. 30, 1964, 3:49 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Lunar impactor which successfully reached the surface but sent no video signal back to Earth.

Lunar Impactor
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Atlas Agena B | Midas 9

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
July 19, 1963, 3:51 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

MIDAS Series 3 (Military Defense Alarm System) early warning satellite.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Midas 8

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
June 12, 1963, midnight
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

MIDAS Series 3 (Military Defense Alarm System) early warning satellite.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Midas 7

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
May 9, 1963, 8:06 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

MIDAS Series 3 (Military Defense Alarm System) early warning satellite.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Midas 6

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Dec. 17, 1962, 8:36 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

MIDAS Series 3 (Military Defense Alarm System) early warning satellite.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Samos-E6 5

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Nov. 11, 1962, 8:17 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Samos E-6 (Satellite and Missile Observation System) was an attempt to create an medium-resolution reconnaissance satellite with film return via reentry capsule.

Polar Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Ranger 5

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 18, 1962, 4:59 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Lunar impactor which missed the Moon by 725 km due to an unknown malfunction preventing the spacecraft from receiving power after injection into lunar trajectory.

Lunar Impactor
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Atlas Agena B | Mariner 2

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 27, 1962, 6:53 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Backup of Mariner 1, designed to flyby Venus. It passed below the planet at a closest distance of 34,773 km.

Venus flyby
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Atlas Agena B | Samos-E6 4

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Aug. 5, 1962, 5:58 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Samos E-6 (Satellite and Missile Observation System) was an attempt to create an medium-resolution reconnaissance satellite with film return via reentry capsule.

Polar Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Mariner 1

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
July 22, 1962, 9:21 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

Spacecraft designed to flyby Venus. It was lost during launch.

Venus flyby
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Atlas Agena B | Samos-E6 3

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
July 18, 1962, 8:51 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Samos E-6 (Satellite and Missile Observation System) was an attempt to create an medium-resolution reconnaissance satellite with film return via reentry capsule.

Polar Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Samos-E6 2

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
June 17, 1962, 6:14 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Samos E-6 (Satellite and Missile Observation System) was an attempt to create an medium-resolution reconnaissance satellite with film return via reentry capsule.

Polar Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Samos-E6 1

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
April 26, 1962, 6:56 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Samos E-6 (Satellite and Missile Observation System) was an attempt to create an medium-resolution reconnaissance satellite with film return via reentry capsule.

Polar Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Ranger 4

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
April 23, 1962, 8:50 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Ranger 4 was a spacecraft designed to softly impact the lunar surface. Its solar panels were never extended and its sun and earth acquisition system was not initiated due to a failure of a timer in its central computer. It impacted the far side of the Moon on April 26 after 64 hours of flight.

Lunar Impactor
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Atlas Agena B | Midas 5

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
April 9, 1962, 3:04 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Military Defense Alarm System satellite designed to detect ICBMs using 175 infrared detectors. This launch also carried a batch of West Ford needles.

Polar Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Samos 6

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
March 7, 1962, 10:10 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

High-resolution reconnaissance satellite with film return via reentry capsule.

Polar Orbit
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Atlas Agena B | Ranger 3

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Jan. 26, 1962, 8:30 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Ranger 3 was a spacecraft designed to transmit pictures of the lunar surface during the last 10 minutes prior to impacting the Moon. A malfunction in the booster guidance system resulted in excessive spacecraft speed. Ranger 3 missed the Moon by 36,800 km and is now in a heliocentric orbit.

Heliocentric N/A
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Atlas LV-3A | Samos 5

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Dec. 22, 1961, 7:12 p.m.
Status: Launch was a Partial Failure
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas LV-3A | Samos 4

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Nov. 22, 1961, 8:45 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas LV-3A | Ranger 2

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Nov. 18, 1961, 8:12 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas LV-3A | MIDAS 4 & Westford-1

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Oct. 21, 1961, 1:53 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas LV-3A | Samos 3

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Sept. 9, 1961, 7:28 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas LV-3A | Ranger 1

United States Air Force | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 23, 1961, 10:04 a.m.
Status: Launch was a Partial Failure
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas LV-3A | MIDAS 3

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
July 12, 1961, 3:11 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas LV-3A | Samos 2

United States Air Force | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Jan. 31, 1961, 8:21 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9
Success
1 day, 15 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
2 days, 14 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, 5 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
6 days, 18 hours 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.