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Discoverer 19



Discoverer 19 was a USAF photographic surveillance satellite designed to assess how rapidly the Soviet Union was producing long-range bombers and ballistic missiles, and where they were being deployed. It was part of the Corona program which was also used to produce maps and charts for the Department of Defense and other US government mapping programs.

Discoverer 19 did not carry a film capsule. It was orbited as a test for the Midas missile-detection system.

Alternate Names

  • 00068
  • 1960 Tau 1
  • Discoverer19

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1960-12-20
Launch Vehicle: Thor
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 1060 kg

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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