KH-5 2 [USAF]
KH-5 (Keyhole 5, codenamed Argon) was the area survey component of the Corona program.
The Argon camera (also called Corona-A), a single frame camera, was integrated with standard Corona hardware like the return vehicle (SRV). The ground resolution of KH-5 was ca. 140 m. The SRV and the camera remained fixed to the Agena-B stage, which provided three axis control and propulsion during the mission. The SRV was deorbited using its own small solid rocket motor.
Only missions #5 and #7 produced usable images, the others failed due to various reasons (#3, 4 launch failures, #1, 2 on orbit failures, #6 failed on recovery)
Later KH-5 missions were based on the Agena-D stage.
|Type / Application:||Reconnaissance, photo (Area survey)|
|Configuration:||Agena-B, 1 SRV|
|Propulsion:||Bell 8081, Star-12 retro motor|
|Lifetime:||up to 4 days|
|KH-5 1 (Argon 1, Corona 20, Discoverer 20)||17.02.1961||Va 75-3-4||Thor-DM21 Agena-B|
|KH-5 2 (Argon 2, Corona 23, Discoverer 23)||08.04.1961||Va 75-3-5||Thor-DM21 Agena-B|
|KH-5 3 (Argon 3, Corona 24, Discoverer 24)||08.06.1961||Va 75-3-4||F||Thor-DM21 Agena-B|
|KH-5 4 (Argon 4, Corona 27, Discoverer 27)||21.07.1961||Va 75-3-5||F||Thor-DM21 Agena-B|
|KH-5 5 (Argon 5, Corona 41)||15.05.1962||Va 75-3-5||Thor-DM21 Agena-B|
|KH-5 6 (Argon 6, Corona 50)||01.09.1962||Va 75-3-5||Thor-DM21 Agena-B|
|KH-5 7 (Argon 7, Corona 53)||09.10.1962||Va 75-3-4||Thor-DM21 Agena-B|
Further KH missions:
Further Discoverer missions:
Further Corona missions: