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FR-1

Scout X-4

National Center of Space Research

Launch Status
Success

Mission

FR-1

Type: Earth Science

The FR 1 (France 1) spacecraft was a small spacecraft carrying two experiments. One was designed to observe VLF signals from earth-based transmitters, and the other was an electron density probe measuring electron concentration at the satellite.

Location

Space Launch Complex 5

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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

Space Launch Complex 5, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Scout X-4 – Vought

Family: Scout
Length: 25 m
Diameter: 1.01 m
Launch Mass: 17 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 103 kg

The Scout X-4 was manufactured by Vought with the first launch on 1963-06-28. Scout X-4 has 11 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 12 launches. The Scout family of rockets were were American launch vehicles designed to place small satellites into orbit around the Earth. The Scout multistage rocket was the first orbital launch vehicle to be entirely composed of solid fuel stages.

Agency

National Center of Space Research

Type: Government
Abbreviation: CNES
Administration: Jean-Yves Le Gall
Founded: 1961
Launchers: Ariane 5
Spacecraft: Mars/Venus Express | Rosetta
Country: FRA

The National Center of Space Research, or CNES, is a French National Agency in charge of France’s space program. In partnership with the US and Russia, they have put 10 people in space. CNES works in tandem with the larger ESA to develop the Ariane 5 and work on other probes and satellites. They are working with Germany to develop a cheaper and more efficient reusable rocket, which hopefully will be ready to fly by 2026.

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