Vanguard TV3

Rocket launch

by USA

Launch time6 Dec 195716:44:34 UTC


About 2 seconds after liftoff, after rising about a meter, the rocket lost thrust and began to settle back down to the launch pad. As it settled against the launch pad the fuel tanks ruptured and exploded, destroying the rocket and severely damaging the launch pad. The Vanguard satellite was thrown clear and landed on the ground a short distance away with its transmitters still sending out a beacon signal. The satellite was damaged, however, and could not be reused. It is now on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Rocket Vanguard

launched from Cape Canaveral, LC-18AUSA


Vanguard 1Aexperimental satellite1.36 kg-