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Discoverer 11

Thor Agena A

United States Air Force

Launch Status


Discoverer 11

Type: Government/Top Secret

Discoverer 11 was an American optical reconnaissance satellite. The eighth of ten operational flights of the Corona KH-1 spy satellite series, it successfully employed the first space-worthy camera film; however, Discoverer’s film return capsule was lost during reentry on 16 Apr when the satellite’s spin motors exploded.


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Space Launch Complex 1E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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

Space Launch Complex 1E, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA


Thor Agena A – McDonnell Douglas

  • Family: Thor
  • Length: 28 m
  • Diameter: 2.44 m
  • Launch Mass: 53 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 250 kg

The Thor Agena A was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas with the first launch on 1959-01-21. Thor Agena A has 9 successful launches and 6 failed launches with a total of 15 launches. Thor-Agena was a series of orbital launch vehicles. The rockets used Thor first stages and Agena second stages. They are thus cousins of the more-famous Thor-Deltas, which founded the Delta rocket family.


United States Air Force – USAF

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: USAF
  • Country: USA
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