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Discoverer 9

Thor Agena A

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Failure

Mission

Discoverer 9

Type: Government/Top Secret

Discoverer 9 was an American optical reconnaissance satellite, the sixth of ten operational flights of the Corona KH-1 spy satellite series, and the first of them to be equipped with a new, vacuum-proof, polyester-based film. The satellite was not successfully orbited.

Location

Space Launch Complex 1W

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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

Space Launch Complex 1W, 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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