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Vanguard II

Vanguard

US Navy

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Vanguard II

Type: Earth Science

Vanguard II is an Earth orbiting satellite and the first weather satellite. It was designed to measure cloud-cover distribution over the daylight portion of its orbit for a period of 19 days and to provide information on the density of the atmosphere.

Location

Launch Complex 18A

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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

Launch Complex 18A, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Agency

US Navy

Type: Government
Abbreviation: USN

Founded: 1963
Launchers: None
Spacecraft: Vanguard 1-3 | Parker Solar Probe
Country: USA

The Navy was competed with the Army to put the first American satellite into orbit. Their first two Vanguard missions failed, with the second being a highly publicized failure, as it exploded on the launchpad. They went on to put 3 satellites into orbit but did not beat the Army to be the first. Their work in space continues today largely on military satellites.

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