Project Pilot – US Navy Family: meters Length: 4.4 meters Diameter: 0.76 meters Launch Mass: 0 Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1 The Project Pilot was manufactured by US Navy with the first launch on 1958-07-04. Project Pilot has 0 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 0 launches. The NOTS-EV-1 Pilot, also known as NOTSNIK was an expendable launch system and anti-satellite weapon developed by the United States Navy’s United States Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS). Manufacturer 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. US Navy is a Government USA entity that was founded in 1963 and is administered by . US Navy has 0 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 0 launches.