Pioneer 1

USA


Spacecraft n: 25

USA satellite n: 20

Also called: Able 2 - 3rd to the Moon

Launch data:

 
Designation 00110 / 1958 Eta 1 / 58007A
Launch date 11 Oct 1958 - 8:42:13 UT
Launch site CC, LC17A
Launch vehicle Thor-DM18 Able-1 (#130/DM-1812-6)
Mission Lunar orbiter
Maximum distance
from Earth 113854 km
All-burnt velocity 10.5 km/sec

Partial Failure

Spacecraft data:

Prime contractor  TRW
Operator  USAF, NASA
Mass at launch 38,3 kg
Dry Mass   kg
Configaration 2 glass fiber cones jointed at their base by a cylinder
Dimension 0.74 dia - 0.76 long
Equipment camera (oscillating mirror scanner), radiation counter, search coil magnetometer, microphone micrometeorite detector
Propulsion 8 vernier rockets (seperable), TX-8 (Falcon) orbit insertion motor


Decay:

Descent date: 13 Oct 1958
Lifetime: 43.3 hours

Description:

Scientific Instruments:

Mission details:



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