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Thor Agena B with Discoverer 41 (May 15, 1962)

The launch of FTV-1126

FTV-1126, also known as Corona 9034A, was an American area survey optical reconnaissance satellite launched in 1962. It was a KH-5 Argon satellite, based on an Agena-B.[1] It was also unofficially known as Discoverer 41, a continuation of the designation sequence used for previous US reconnaissance satellites, which had officially been discontinued after Discoverer 38. It was the first KH-5 satellite to complete its mission successfully.[2]

The launch of FTV-1126 occurred at 19:36 UTC on 15 May 1962. A Thor DM-21 Agena-B rocket was used, flying from Launch Complex 75-3-5 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base.[3] Upon successfully reaching orbit, it was assigned the Harvard designation 1962 Sigma 1.

FTV-1126 was operated in a low Earth orbit, with a perigee of 284 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi), an apogee of 632 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi), 82.3 degrees of inclination, and a period of 93.75 minutes.[4] The satellite had a mass of 1,150 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb),[2] and was equipped with a frame camera with a focal length of 76 millimetres (Template:Convert/round in), which had a maximum resolution of 140 metres (Template:Convert/round ft).[5] Images were recorded onto 127-millimeter (Template:Convert/LoffAonSon) film, and returned in a Satellite Recovery Vehicle, before the satellite ceased operations. The Satellite Recovery Vehicle used by FTV-1126 was 582. Once its images had been returned, the inactive FTV-1126 decayed from orbit on 26 November 1963.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Krebs, Gunter. "KH-5 Argon (Agena-B based)". Gunter's Space Page. http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/kh-5_ab.htm. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wade, Mark. "KH-5". Encyclopedia Astronautica. http://www.astronautix.com/craft/kh5.htm. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  3. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/log/launchlog.txt. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/log/satcat.txt. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  5. "Corona". Mission and Spacecraft Library. NASA. http://msl.jpl.nasa.gov/programs/corona.html. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
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