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KH-4 9045



This US Air Force surveillance satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB on a Thor Agena D rocket. This was the first use of a stellar camera. The film quality was not good due to erratic vehicle attitude and numerous light leaks.

Alternate Names

  • 1962 Beta Beta 1
  • 00427
  • KH-49045

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1962-09-29
Launch Vehicle: Thor-Agena
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 91 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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