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Thor Able

Thor-DM18 Able [USAF]

Thor-DM18 Able-1 (Pioneer (1)) [USAF]
similar: Thor-DM18 Able-2, 3, 4

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Thor-DM-18 Able DM-18 / MB-3-I Able / AJ10-40 -
Thor-DM-18 Able-1 DM-18 / MB-3-I Able-1 / AJ10-41 X-248-A3
Thor-DM-18 Able-2 DM-18 / MB-3-I Able-2 / AJ10-42 -
Thor-DM-18 Able-2 (mod) DM-18 / MB-3-I Able-2 / AJ10-42 X-248-A7
Thor-DM-18 Able-3 DM-18 / MB-3-I Able-3 / AJ10-101A X-248-A4
Thor-DM-18 Able-4 DM-18 / MB-3-I Able-4 / AJ10-42 X-248-A4
No:       Serial: Type:                   Date:       LS             Payload

 1    1   116     Thor-DM18 Able          24.04.1958 F  CC LC-17A  * ARTV 1
 2    2   118     Thor-DM18 Able          10.07.1958    CC LC-17A  * ARTV 2
 3    3   119     Thor-DM18 Able          23.07.1958    CC LC-17A  * ARTV 3
 4    4   127     Thor-DM18 Able-1        17.08.1958 F  CC LC-17A    Pioneer (1)
 5    2   130     Thor-DM18 Able-1        11.10.1958 P  CC LC-17A    Pioneer 1
 6    3   129     Thor-DM18 Able-1        08.11.1958 F  CC LC-17A    Pioneer 2
 7    1   128     Thor-DM18 Able-2        23.01.1959 P  CC LC-17A  * PGRTV 1
 8    2   131     Thor-DM18 Able-2        28.02.1959    CC LC-17A  * PGRTV 2
 9    3   132     Thor-DM18 Able-2        21.03.1959    CC LC-17A  * PGRTV 3
10    4   133     Thor-DM18 Able-2        08.04.1959    CC LC-17A  * PGRTV 4
11    5   135     Thor-DM18 Able-2        20.05.1959    CC LC-17A  * PGRTV 5
12    6   137     Thor-DM18 Able-2        11.06.1959    CC LC-17A  * PGRTV 6
13    1   134     Thor-DM18 Able-3        07.08.1959    CC LC-17A    Explorer 6 (S 2)
14    1   136     Thor-DM18 Able-2 (mod)  17.09.1959 F  CC LC-17A    Transit 1A
15    1   219     Thor-DM18 Able-4        11.03.1960    CC LC-17A    Pioneer 5 (P 2)
16    2   148     Thor-DM18 Able-2 (mod)  01.04.1960    CC LC-17A    Tiros 1 (A 1)


Failures:

Flight 1:   Thor failed after 146 sec
Flight 4:   Thor exploded after 77 sec
Flight 5:   Stage 3 produced unsufficient thrust
Flight 6:   Stage 3 failed
Flight 7:   Stage 1 shut down at wrong time
Flight 14:  Stage 3 failed


Launch sites:

CC  = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA