Status: Operational 1958. First Launch: 1958-10-23. Last Launch: 1959-08-15. Number: 2 . Gross mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb).
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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.