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KH-4 9050



KH-4 9050 was a US Air Force surveillance satellite launched from Vandenberg AFB on a Thor Agena D rocket. Its film capsule was recovered 4.1 days after launch. It was the best surveillance mission to date.

Alternate Names

  • 00505
  • 1962 Beta Phi 1
  • KH-49050

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1962-12-14
Launch Vehicle: Thor Augmented Delta-Agena D
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
  • Astronomy

Additional Information

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