Vanguard (13in Magnetometer #1)

USA


Spacecraft n: 38

USA satellite n: 30


Launch data:

Designation F00054 / 59F02
Launch date 14 Apr 1959 - 2:49:46 UT
Launch site CC, LC18A
Launch vehicle  Vanguard SLV-5
Mission Magnetometer satellite

Failure.
The first stage worked well, but the second stage gave erratic thrust and the rocket drifted off course, then tumbled into the Atlantic Ocean.

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  
Customer  
Platform  
Mass at launch   kg
Dry Mass  kg
Basic shape  Sphere
Dimension  30-inch
Solar array  
Stabilization  
DC power  
Decay  13 Apr 1959


Ref.: #7, #102(SL13) - update: 2.07.04