Vanguard 2

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Name: Vanguard 2
First reported Apr 04 2014 - Updated Apr 04 2014 - 1 reports

The public failure and quiet success of America's first satellite

In July of 1955, the White House announced that the United States would attempt to launch a satellite into orbit around the Earth. The pending satellite, part of the nation’s contribution to the International Geophysical Year, garnered little public interest. ... [Published - Apr 04 2014]


...The Jupiter-C (C for “Composite Re-entry Test Vehicle ") was a descendent of the V-2 and Redstone rockets, two successful missiles that had been honed over years of work. With this pedigree, early Jupiter launches were far more successful than the early Vanguard launches. While the Navy’s rocket was still in the a phase in the fall of 1957, Jupiter’s test phase was cut short. A flight in August of 1957 was so successful that remaining test flights were cancelled so the rockets could be put towards satellite launches."

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