[FPSPACE] First polar orbiting satellites?

Jonathan McDowell planet4589 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 15:43:17 EDT 2016


Or possibly Discoverer 2, since there remains some doubt whether Discoverer
1 really made it to orbit.
Samos 2 E-1 and Samos 2 F-1   (the main payload E-1 is missing from the
satcat list for reasons too
stupid to admit right now) was a dual payload launch that was the first to
reach sun-sync orbit

On 24 October 2016 at 15:34, Allen Thomson <thomsona at flash.net> wrote:

> Per http://planet4589.org/space/log/satcat.txt , that would have been
> Discoverer 1, launched 1959-02-08 with an inclination of
> 89.70 degrees. Samos 2 F-1 on 1961-01-31 had an inclination of 97.4
> degrees.
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