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SOLRAD 4B

Scout X-2

US Navy

Launch Status
Failure

Mission

SOLRAD 4B

Type: Astrophysics

SOLRAD (SOLar RADiation) 4B was a solar X-ray, ultraviolet, and electronic surveillance satellite. Developed by the United States Navy’s United States Naval Research Laboratory, it was the fifth in both the SOLRAD and the GRAB (Galactic Radiation And Background) programs.

Location

Space Launch Complex 5

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

698 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 5, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Agency

US Navy

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USN

Founded: 1963
Launchers: None
Spacecraft: Vanguard 1-3 | Parker Solar Probe
Country: USA

The Navy was competed with the Army to put the first American satellite into orbit. Their first two Vanguard missions failed, with the second being a highly publicized failure, as it exploded on the launchpad. They went on to put 3 satellites into orbit but did not beat the Army to be the first. Their work in space continues today largely on military satellites.

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