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P-3

Atlas-Able

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Failure

Mission


P-3

  • Type: Lunar Exploration
  • Orbit: Lunar Orbit

The Pioneer P-1, -3, -30 and -31 series was intended to be a lunar orbiter probe, but the mission failed shortly after launch. The objectives were to place a highly instrumented probe in lunar orbit, to investigate the environment between the Earth and Moon, and to develop technology for controlling and maneuvering spacecraft from Earth.

Location


Space Launch Complex 14

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 14 has witnessed the launch of 20 rockets, including 15 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 956 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 14

Rocket


Convair Atlas-Able

The Atlas-Able was an American expendable launch system derived from the SM-65 Atlas missile. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets, and was used to launch several Pioneer spacecraft towards the Moon. Of the five Atlas-Able rockets built, two failed during static firings, and the other three failed to reach orbit.

Atlas-Able

Agency


United States Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.

United States Air Force
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