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Vela 1A & 1B

Atlas Agena D

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Vela 1A & 1B

  • Type: Government/Top Secret
  • Orbit: Elliptical Orbit

The Vela (meaning “watchman” in Spanish) series of spacecraft were designed to monitor worldwide compliance with the 1963 nuclear test ban treaty.

Location


Space Launch Complex 13

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 13 has witnessed the launch of 21 rockets, including 21 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 937 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 13

Rocket


Convair Atlas LV-3 Agena D

The Atlas-Agena 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 launched 109 times between 1960 and 1978.

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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