Transit 1B

USA

Spacecraft n: 62

US spacecraft n: 51


Launch data:

Designation00031 / 1960 Gamma 2 / 60003A
Launch date13 Apr 1960 - 12:02:36 UT
Launch siteCC, LC17B
Launch vehicle Thor-DM21 Ablestar (#257)
Mission Navigation
Earth orbit:
Perigee / Apogee 373 / 748 km
Inclination 51,28°
Period 95,81 min

First dubbel payload launch.

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  
Customer Navy
Platform  
Mass at launch 119 kg
Dry Mass  kg
Basic shape  
Dimension  
Solar array  
Stabilization  
DC power  

Decay:

Descent date: 5 Oct 1967
Lifetime: 

Mission details:

Navy TRANSIT I-B launched into orbit by Thor-Able-Star with navigation payload experiment at Cape Canaveral. Flight demonstrated the first engine restart in space and the feasibility of using satellites as navigational aids.


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