Wednesday, August 17, 2011

50 YA - Blue Scout goes missing

Scout launch from Cape Canaveral.

On this day back in 1961 NASA launched a Blue Scout rocket mission down the Atlantic Missile Range, only to lose radio contact with the payload. It was intended to place the package some 140,000 miles in orbit. I'm still researching to find out exactly what satellite was on board. The Scout rocket program lasted over 30 years and was generally very successful.

1 comment:

Tumbleweed said...

My dad was working on that launch but I doubt he'd remember what the payload was. He was in the USAF and worked on Blue Scout at the Cape from 59 to early 66.