Accession Number:

AD0343179

Title:

PROJECT VANGUARD

Descriptive Note:

Progress rept. no. 30, for period ending 31 Dec 1957

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1958-03-27

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

The first flight failure in the Vanguard program occurred on December 6 when TV-3 lost thrust immediately after lift-off, collapsed onto the launch stand, and was destroyed in the ensuing conflagration. As the first complete three-stage Vanguard vehicle, TV-3 was intended primarily to flight-test the second stage and the separation systems. It carried a 6.44 inch test satellite, however, and had theoretical orbital capability. Details are summarized regarding the launching vehicles, electronic instrumentation, the satellites, the minitrack system, and data processing.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Air Navigation and Guidance
  • Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines
  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE