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Saturn SA-5

Saturn SA-5 [NASA]

Saturn SA-5 was the first orbital test flight of the Saturn-IV upper stage of the Saturn-1 (Block-2) launch vehicle.

It consisted of a ballasted and instrumented nosecone attached to the Saturn-IV stage. The ballast payxload was not separated in orbit. More than 11,000 measurements of flight parameters were taken.

The 17600 kg Saturn SA-5 entered an elliptical orbit 264 km × 785 km at an inclination of 31.5, being the largest object in orbit at the time. It reentered from orbit after 791 days in space on 30 April 1966.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation, instrumented second stage
Operator: NASA
Contractors:
Equipment: Ballast
Configuration: Instrumented Saturn-4
Propulsion:
Power: Batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 16965 kg
Orbit: 264 km × 785 km, 31.5
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Saturn-SA 5 1964-005A 29.01.1964 CC LC-37B Saturn-1 (Block-2)

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