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Courier 1B


Designation 00058 / 60013A
Launch date 4 Oct 1960
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Perigee/Apogee 967/1214 km
Inclination 28.3°
Period 107.1 min
Launch vehicle Thor Ablestar #4
Launch site Cape Canaveral

First active communication satellite

Could record messages from Earth station and rebroadcast them (5 tape recorders; 1 for voice (4 minutes), 4 for teletype). Had also a single real-time channel.

End of life

Out of service 21 Oct 1960
Cause Failure

Technical data


Prime contractor  
Mass at launch 227 kg
Dry mass  
Dimension 129.5 cm diameter
Solar array provided 60W
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Uplink: in 1800-1900 MHz, 2 receivers
Downlink: in 1700-1800 MHz, 2 transmitters, 2W

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