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Atlas C Able
Part of Atlas Family
American orbital launch vehicle. Version with Atlas C first stage, Able AJ10-101A second stage, Altair solid third stage.

Status: Retired 1959. First Launch: 1959-09-24. Last Launch: 1959-09-24. Number: 1 . Thrust: 1,615.00 kN (363,066 lbf). Gross mass: 120,000 kg (260,000 lb). Height: 28.00 m (91.00 ft). Diameter: 3.05 m (10.00 ft). Apogee: 400,000 km (240,000 mi).


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Family: orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Projects: Pioneer series. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral LC12. Stages: Able, Altair 1, Atlas MA-2, Atlas D stage. Agency: Convair.

1959 September 24 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC12. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas C Able. FAILURE: Vehicle exploded on pad.. Failed Stage: 1.
  • Atlas C Able explodes on pad during static test. - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Program: Pioneer.

    A participant remembers:

    I live near the Cape on Merritt Island and have been here for about 41 years. I worked for the ARMA Corp that developed the Atlas Inertial Guidance System. I was in the Blockhouse at Complex 11 while a static test was performed on an Atlas Able on Complex 12. It did explode. Did it ever! After a couple of hours the six of us were allowed out of the blockhouse and saw all the damage to our complex...I had a tiny piece of that missile for a long time that somehow wound up on my person...labeled 9C.

    The next Atlas Able would not fly until over a year later, using the Atlas D as the booster stage.



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