Pilot 1


Spacecraft n°: 14

USA satellite n°: 10

Orig PL Name: Diagnostic Payload 1
Also called NOTS 1

Launch data:

Designation F00017 / 58F07
Launch date 25 Jul 1958
Launch site NOTS DZSB (In, F4D-1)
34N, 120W
Launch vehicle  Pilot (NOTS-EV-1) (#1)
Mission Technology
Earth orbit:
Perigee / Apogee 2250 / 2400 km
Inclination °
Period  min

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  NOTS
Operator  NOTS
Equipment IR scanner
Mass at launch  1,05 kg
Dry Mass  kg
Basic shape  Anullar body with small rocket motor in the center
Dimension  dia 20 cm
Solar array  
Stabilization  Spin stabilized
Propulsion None in orbit


Mission details:

Air launch of 953 kg five-stage rocket, from F4D-1 Skyray at 12,5 km and at 58° to the horizontal and Mach 0.9. It was piloted by Cdr William W.West. Rocket ignited 3 sec after release, but smoke obscured the flight and the satellite never reached orbit after an uncertain flight.

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