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Beacon 1
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Class: Technology. Nation: USA.

Total Mass: 5 kg.

Beacon 1 Chronology

23 October 1958 Beacon 1 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Jupiter C. FAILURE: Upper stages separated prior to burnout. Structural failure after 149 sec due to vibration disturbances generated by the spinning payload. Mass: 4 kg.

NASA¾with the Army as executive agent¾attempted to launch a 12-foot-diameter inflatable satellite of micro-thin plastic covered with aluminum foil known as BEACON. Launched from AMR by a Juno I¾a modified Redstone, the payload prematurely separated prior to booster burnout.

15 August 1959 Beacon 2 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Juno II. FAILURE: First stage shut down too early; no attitude control for upper stages. Mass: 5 kg.


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