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Vanguard Satellite Launching Vehicle 4 Press Kit

Vanguard Satellite Launching Vehicle 4 Press Kit

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Published by Bob Andrepont
NASA press kit for unsuccessful Vanguard 2
NASA press kit for unsuccessful Vanguard 2

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Nov 20, 2010
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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
WASHINGTON 25.
D.
C.
Febmary
17,
1959Hold
for
Release UntilLaunched
or
Scrubbed
No.
1
Ext.
6325
EX
3-3260
VANGUARD
SATELLITE
LAUNCHING
VEHICLE
4
Satellite Launching Vehicle
4
s
approximately
72
feet long and
45
inches in
diameter
at
its
base.
It
is
finless,
or
integral
tank
construction and
has
a
gross take-off weight
(with
propellants) of
22,600
pounds.
The
Martin Company
is
prime contractor for the vehicle.
The
liquid propellant
first
stage
has
a
gimballed engine builtby General Electric Company.booster.
Its
propellants are
liquid
oxygen and kerosene.
In
essence
this
stage
is
a
guided
The
second stage also
is
a
liquid propellant rocket, employingwhite fuming nitric acid and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine.
Its
gim-
balled
engine and fueltanks
are
provided
by
Aerojet-General Cor-poration.
The
second stage contains the ''brains" of
the
entire launchingvehicle
--
the
complete guidance
and
control system used during
three
periods
of
flight:
(a)
first
stage powered flight,
(b)
second
stage
poweredflight,
and
(c)
second stage coasting flight.
The
second
stage
houses within
its
nose the
third
stage rocket
and
the
satellite. Theprotective
nose
cone
breaks
away
during second stage powered flight.
II
The
mechanism for spinning" the
third
stage
is
contained in thesecond
stage.
At
the
completion
of
the
second
stage
coasting
flight
the rocket should
be
at
a
proper angle or "attitude" to discharge the
third
stage
into an orbital
path.
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