Star-Rad (Starfish Radiation) was a military scientific payload to study the artificial radiation belts created by the Starfish-Prime nuclear test.
The satellite consisted of instruments mounted on the Agena-D upper stage. They were not to be separated from the Agena-D
Star-Rad 1 was successfully launched from Vandenberg on a Thor-DM21 Agena-D vehicle into an highly elliptical orbit, which allowed for repeated passes through the Starfish radiation belt. Results of the mission were not revealed.
Star-Rad was procured via the Corona program reconnaissance satellite program and received therefore the designation Corona 54
|Type / Application:||Scientific|
|Operator:||US Air Force (USAF)|
|Orbit:||192 km × 5570 km, 71.41°|
|Star-Rad 1 (Corona 54)||1962 βκ||26.10.1962||Va 75-1-2||Thor-DM21 Agena-D|