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Thor Agena B with Corona 50 (Sep. 1, 1962)

The launch of FTV-1132

FTV-1132, also known as the Corona 9042A, was an American area survey optical reconnaissance satellite which was launched in 1962. It was a KH-5 Argon satellite, based on an Agena-B.[1] The satellite operated successfully, however its film capsule was lost during recovery due to a parachute failure.

The launch of FTV-1132 occurred at 20:39 UTC on 1 September 1962. A Thor DM-21 Agena-B rocket was used, flying from Launch Complex 75-3-5 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base.[2] Upon successfully reaching orbit, it was assigned the Harvard designation 1962 Alpha Upsilon 1.

FTV-1132 was operated in a low Earth orbit, with a perigee of 288 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi), an apogee of 670 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi), 82.8 degrees of inclination, and a period of 94.2 minutes.[3] The satellite had a mass of 1,150 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb),[4] and was equipped with a frame camera with a focal length of 76 millimetres (Template:Convert/round in), which had a maximum resolution of 140 metres (Template:Convert/round ft).[5] Images were recorded onto 127-millimeter (Template:Convert/LoffAonSon) film, and returned in a Satellite Recovery Vehicle, before the satellite ceased operations. The Satellite Recovery Vehicle used by FTV-1132 was SRV-600. Following atmospheric reentry, SRV-600 was to have been collected in mid-air by a Fairchild C-119J Flying Boxcar aircraft, however when this was attempted the parachute separated from the spacecraft, causing the capsule to fall into the sea.[4] FTV-1132 decayed from orbit on 26 October 1964.[3]


  1. Krebs, Gunter. "KH-5 Argon (Agena-B based)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  2. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wade, Mark. "KH-5". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  5. "Corona". Mission and Spacecraft Library. NASA. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
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