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Thor Able IV
Part of Thor Family
American orbital launch vehicle. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Thor DM-18A + 1 x AJ10 + 1 x Altair

Status: Retired 1960. First Launch: 1960-03-11. Last Launch: 1960-03-11. Number: 1 . Thrust: 668.00 kN (150,172 lbf). Gross mass: 52,000 kg (114,000 lb). Height: 27.20 m (89.20 ft). Diameter: 2.44 m (8.00 ft). Apogee: 400,000 km (240,000 mi).


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Family: orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Spacecraft: Pioneer 5. Projects: Pioneer series. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral LC17A. Stages: Able, Altair 1, Thor DM-19. Agency: Douglas.

1960 March 11 - . 13:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17A. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor Able IV.
  • Pioneer 5 - . Payload: Pioneer P 2 / Able 6. Mass: 43 kg (94 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: Pioneer. Class: Astronomy. Type: Solar satellite. Spacecraft: Pioneer 5. USAF Sat Cat: 27 . COSPAR: 1960-Alpha-1.

    An Air Force Thor/Able IV booster launched the NASA Pioneer V spacecraft on its journey to Venus. The satellite measured radiation and magnetic fields between Earth and Venus. The last scientific measurements were transmitted back to Earth on 26 June, three and one-half months after launch, from almost 22.5 million miles in space. Pioneer V was by far the most successful space probe yet launched. AFBMD and Space Technology Laboratories managed the Pioneer V satellite, payload, and booster for NASA and provided launch services at Cape Canaveral. Solar research. Solar Orbit (Heliocentric). Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B).



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