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Thor Able-Star

Thor-DM21 Able-Star (Transit 3A) [USAF]

Thor-DSV2A Able-Star (Transit 5BN-2)

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Thor-DM21 Able-Star DM-21 / MB-3-II Able-Star / AJ10-104
Thor-DSV2A Able-Star DSV-2A / MB-3-II Able-Star / AJ10-104D
No:       Serial: Type:                   Date:       LS             Payload

 1    1   257     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     13.04.1960    CC LC-17B    Transit 1B / Solrad-Dummy
 2    2   281     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     22.06.1960    CC LC-17B    Transit 2A / Grab 1 (Solrad 1)
 3    3   262     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     18.08.1960 F  CC LC-17B    Courier 1A
 4    4   293     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     04.10.1960    CC LC-17B    Courier 1B
 5    5   283     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     30.11.1960 F  CC LC-17B    Transit 3A / Grab (2) (Solrad 2)
 6    6   313     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     22.02.1961 P  CC LC-17B    Transit 3B / LOFTI 1
 7    7   315     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     29.06.1961 P  CC LC-17B    Transit 4A / Injun 1 / Grab 2 (Solrad 3)
 8    8   305     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     15.11.1961    CC LC-17B    Transit 4B / TRAAC
 9    9   311     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     24.01.1962 F  CC LC-17B    LOFTI 2 / SECOR (1) (EGRS (1)) / Poppy 1 (Solrad 4A) / Injun 2 / Surcal 1
10   10   314     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     10.05.1962 F  CC LC-17B    ANNA 1A 
11   11   319     Thor-DM21 Able-Star     31.10.1962    CC LC-17B    ANNA 1B
12    1   375     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    28.09.1963    Va 75-1-1    Transit 5BN-1 / Transit 5E-1
13    2   385     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    05.12.1963    Va 75-1-1    Transit 5BN-2 / Transit 5E-3
14    3   379     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    21.04.1964 F  Va 75-1-1    Transit 5BN-3 / Transit 5E-2
15    4   423     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    06.10.1964    Va 75-1-2    Transit-O 1 (NNS 30010) / Dragsphere 1 / Dragsphere 2 
16    5   427     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    13.12.1964    Va 75-1-2    Transit-O 2 (NNS 30020) / Transit 5E-5 
17    6   440     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    11.03.1965 P  Va 75-1-1    Transit-O 3 (NNS 30030) / SECOR 2 (EGRS 2)
18    7   447     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    24.06.1965    Va 75-1-1    Transit-O 4 (NNS 30040)
19    8   455     Thor-DSV2A Able-Star    13.08.1965    Va 75-1-1    Transit-O 5 (NNS 30050) / Dodecapole 2 / Long Rod / Tempsat 1 / Surcal 5 / Calsphere 2


Thor Ablestar  was originally referred to as Thor Epsilon


Failures:

Flight  3:  Thor failed after 134 sec
Flight  5:  Thor shut down too early
Flight  6:  Transit 3B and LOFTI 1 failed to separate
Flight  7:  Injun 1 and Grab 2 (Solrad 3) failed to separate
Flight  9:  Ablestar  produced unsufficient thrust, Surcal 1 was fixed to Ablestar 
Flight 10:  Ablestar  failed to ignite
Flight 14:  Ablestar  failed


Launch sites:

CC  = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA
Va  = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA USA