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Courier 1A

Thor DM-21 Ablestar

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Failure

Mission

Courier 1A

Type: Communications

An active repeater communications satellite. The vehicle failed during liftoff.

Location

Space Launch Complex 17B

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

872 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 17B, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Thor DM-21 Ablestar – United States Air Force

  • Family: Thor-Ablestar
  • Length: 29 m
  • Diameter: 1.44 m
  • Launch Mass: 51 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 150 kg

The Thor DM-21 Ablestar was manufactured by United States Air Force with the first launch on 1960-04-13. Thor DM-21 Ablestar has 13 successful launches and 6 failed launches with a total of 19 launches. The Thor-Ablestar, or Thor Able-Star, also known as Thor-Epsilon was an early American expendable launch system consisting of a PGM-17 Thor missile, with an Ablestar upper stage. It was a member of the Thor family of rockets, and was derived from the Thor-Able.

Agency

United States Air Force – USAF

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