Discoverer 1

Discoverer 1
Discoverer 1
Launch date 1:49 PST
1959-02-28
Launch vehicle Thor Agena
Launch site Vandenburg Air Force Base
Orbital decay Failed to reach orbit
Orbital elements
Regime LEO - Polar orbit
Instruments
Main instruments None (test flight)

Discoverer 1 was the first of a series of satellites which were part of the Corona reconnaissance satellite program. It was launched on a Thor-Agena rocket on February 28, 1959 at 1:49 PST from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. It was a prototype of the KH-1 satellite, but did not contain either a camera or a film capsule.[1]. It was the first satellite launched toward the South Pole in an attempt to achieve polar orbit, but was unsuccessful. A CIA report, later declassified, concluded that "Today, most people believe the DISCOVERER I landed somewhere near the South Pole."[2]

See also

Corona (satellite)

References

  1. ^ Clayton K. S. Chun, Thunder Over the Horizon: From V-2 Rockets to Ballistic Missiles (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006), pp74-75
  2. ^ David L. Hancock, Corona: America's First Satellite Program, By CIA Cold War Records, (Morgan James Publishing, LLC, 2005), p16

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