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KH-5 9042A



This US Air Force surveillance satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB on a Thor Agena B rocket. The mission failed. The parachute shrouds parted during air catch and the capsule sank.

Alternate Names

  • 00385
  • 1962 Alpha Upsilon 1
  • KH-59042A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1962-09-01
Launch Vehicle: Thor-Agena
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 1500 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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