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1962 Lambda 1



The 1962 Lambda 1 satellite was equipped with infrared sensors for measuring both thermal emissions and reflected solar radiation from the earth and its atmosphere. The satellite was probably a continuation of the Discoverer program for detecting cosmic radiation and micrometeoroid impacts and their effects on spacecraft. The satellite consisted of a cylindrical rocket body approximately 6 m long and 1.5 m in diameter. The spacecraft burned up upon reentering the earth's atmosphere on May 25, 1962.

Alternate Names

  • 00276
  • 1962Lambda1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1962-04-18
Launch Vehicle: Thor
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 1500 kg

Funding Agency

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


  • Space Physics
  • Astronomy

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. Dieter K. Bilitza



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