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Discoverer 15

Thor Agena A

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Discoverer 15

Type: Government/Top Secret

Discoverer 15 was an American optical reconnaissance satellite. The orbital mission was successful but when the capsule was returned it failed to be captured and sank into the ocean.

Location

Space Launch Complex 1E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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

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

Rocket

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.

Agency

United States Air Force – USAF

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