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Discoverer 9

Thor Agena A

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Failure

Mission


Discoverer 9

  • Type: Government/Top Secret
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $10,700,000

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

Space Launch Complex 1W has witnessed the launch of 56 rockets, including 56 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 742 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 1W

Rocket


McDonnell Douglas Thor Agena A

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

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.

United States Air Force
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