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).
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.