Template:Infobox spaceflight Discoverer 16, also known as Corona 9011, was an American optical reconnaissance satellite which was lost in a launch failure in 1960. It was the first KH-2 Corona' satellite, based on an Agena-B.[1]

Thor Agena B with Discoverer 16, Oct 26 1960

The launch of Discoverer 16

The launch of Discoverer 16 occurred at 20:26 UTC on 26 October 1960. A Thor DM-21 Agena-B rocket was used, flying from Launch Complex 75-3-4 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base.[2] The Agena failed to separate from the Thor first stage, and as a result the satellite failed to achieve orbit.[3][4]

Discoverer 16 was intended to have been operated in a low Earth orbit. It had a mass of 1,091 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb),[5] and was equipped with a panoramic camera with a focal length of 61 centimetres (Template:Convert/round in), which had a maximum resolution of 7.6 metres (Template:Convert/round ft).[4] It was to have recorded images onto 70-millimeter (Template:Convert/LoffAonSon) film, which would have been returned in a Satellite Recovery Vehicle. The Satellite Recovery Vehicle aboard Discoverer 16 was SRV-506.[5]


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  2. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  3. Pike, John (9 September 2000). "KH-2 Corona". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Corona". Mission and Spacecraft Library. NASA. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wade, Mark. "KH-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
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