Surveyor-SD 2 [NASA]
Surveyor-SD was a series of two simulated Surveyor-payloads launched during the development of the Atlas Centaur launch vehicle.
Surveyor-SD consisted of the same structure as the real Surveyor lunar landers, but with all equipment replaced by dummy weights. These simulated payloads had the same dynamic properties as the real probes.
The first one was destroyed during launch in an explosion, while the second one was successfully put into orbit.
|Type / Application:||Instrumented dynamic simualtion payload|
|Orbit:||166 km × 815085 km, 28.5° (#2)|
|Surveyor-SD 1||1965-F04||02.03.1965||CC LC-36A||F||Atlas-LV3C Centaur-C|
|Surveyor-SD 2||1965-064A||11.08.1965||CC LC-36B||Atlas-LV3C Centaur-D|