Tiros 1

USA

Spacecraft nº: 61

US spacecraft nº: 50

Orig PL Name: A-1

Launch data:

Designation00029 / 1960 Beta 2 / 60002B
Launch date01 Apr 1960 - 11:40:09 UT
Launch siteCC, LC17A
Launch vehicleThor-DM18 Able-2 (#148)
MissionMeteorology
Earth orbit on Apr 01, 1960 (.5):
Perigee / Apogee 693 x 750 km
Eccentricity 0.004
Inclination 48.4 deg
Period 99.16 min
Earth orbit on May 24, 2000 (.41):
Perigee / Apogee 651 x 689 km
Eccentricity 0.003
Inclination 48,39°
Period 98,13 min

Transmits the first pictures of the cloud cover
First spin-stabilized satellite

Spacecraft data:

Prime manufactor 
Platform 
Operator 
Mass at launch  120 kg
Dry Mass  kg
Basic shape  Cylinder
Dimension (m) 0.48 long, 1.07 dia
Equipment 
Solar array 
Stabilization  
Propulsion 
DC power  
Design lifetime  73 yrs


TIROS I satellite on test stand during preliminary test stage.

TIROS satellite mated to rocket for launching.



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Ref: #1, #7, #78a, #98, #206, #228, #237 - update: 03.11.13