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KH-4 9049



This US Air Force surveillance satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB on a Thor Agena D rocket. The Mission failed because during the air catch, the chute tore and the capsule sank.

Alternate Names

  • 00490
  • 1962 Beta Sigma 1
  • KH-49049

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1962-12-04
Launch Vehicle: Thor Augmented Delta-Agena D
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 1150 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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