Discoverer 2

USA


Spacecraft n: 37

USA satellite n: 29

Orig.PL Name: CORONA R&D

Launch data:

Designation00014 / 1959 Gamma 1 / 59005A
Launch date13 Apr 1959 - 21:18:39 UT
Launch siteV, LC75-3 pad 4
Launch vehicle Thor-DM18 Agena A(#170)
Mission Military: surveillance
Technology
Polar Earth orbit on 13 Apr 1959:
Perigee / Apogee 239 x 346 km
Inclination 89,90°
Period 90,40 min


Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  
Operator ARPA
Platform  
Mass at launch  about 3800kg
Dry Mass (excluding propellants) 1st day 743 kg
then 650 kg
Basic shape  Cone-cylinder
Dimension  5.85 long 1,5 dia
Propulsion Bell 8048

Decay:

Descent date: 26 Apr 1959
Lifetime: 12,7 days ?

Mission details:


Ref.: #1, #2, #7, #14, #27b, #120 - update: 14.03.04