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Transit 5BN-1

Thor DM-21 Ablestar

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Transit 5BN-1

  • Type: Navigation
  • Orbit: Polar Orbit

Transit navigation satellite equipped with nuclear power.

Location


Space Launch Complex 2E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 2E has witnessed the launch of 47 rockets, including 47 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 757 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 2E

Rocket


United States Air Force Thor DM-21 Ablestar

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.

Thor DM-21 Ablestar

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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