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KH-5 9046A



This US Air Force surveillance satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB on a Thor Agena B rocket. Its film capsule was recovered 4.1 days later. Fifty percent of the stellar film was blank due to a shutter malfunction.

Alternate Names

  • 00436
  • 1962 Beta Epsilon 1
  • KH-59046A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1962-10-09
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
  • Space Physics

Additional Information

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