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KH-5 ARGON

ARGON used the organizational frameworks of CORONA to support a mapping system with 7 of 12 missions successful from May 1962 - August 1964. The KH-5 carried a single frame camera.


+------------+---------+-----------+------------+------------+------------+
| KH         | System  | Successful| Period of  | Amount of  | No. of     |
| Designator |         |  Mission  | Operations | Film       | Primary    |
|            |         |  Numbers  |            | (ft.)      | Camera     |
|            |         |           |            |            | Frames     |
|------------|---------|-----------|------------|------------|------------|
| KH-5       | ARGON   | 9034A,    | February   | 22,503     | 38,578     |
|            |         | 9046A,    | 1961 -     |            |            |
|            |         | 9058A,    | August     |            |            |
|            |         | 9059A,    | 1964       |            |            |
|            |         | 9065A,    |            |            |            |
|            |         | 9066A     |            |            |            |
+------------+---------+-----------+------------+------------+------------+

The following table gives a listing of all missions organized according to mission number order. The statement "mission failed" is made under the mission description for missions that failed to acquire imagery.


|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| KH-5 Mission  | Date          | Short Mission Description            |
|               | Launched      |                                      |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9014A         | 17-Feb-61     | Mission failed.  Program             |
|               |               | malfunctioned and capsule did not    |
|               |               | reenter.  First attempted ARGON      |
|               |               | mission.                             |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9016A         | 8-Apr-61      | Mission failed.  Loss of satellite   |
|               |               | control gas caused unstable          |
|               |               | condition. No recovery.              |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9018A         | 8-Jun-61      | Mission failed.  Electrical failure  |
|               |               | occurred in launch sequence guidance |
|               |               | system.                              |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9020A         | 21-Jul-61     | Mission failed.  Destroyed by range  |
|               |               | safety officer because of abnormal   |
|               |               | pitch.                               |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9034A         | 15-May-62     | First successful KH-5 mission.       |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9042A         | 1-Sep-62      | Mission failed.  Parachute shrouds   |
|               |               | parted during air catch, capsule     |
|               |               | sank.                                |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9046A         | 9-Oct-62      | 50% of stellar terrain film was      |
|               |               | blank due to shutter malfunction.    |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9055A         | 26-Apr-63     | Mission failed.   Attitude sensors   |
|               |               | were misaligned.  No orbit.          |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9058A         | 29-Aug-63     | Considered to be best mission to     |
|               |               | date in Argon program.               |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9059A         | 29-Oct-63     | Fourth film payload retrieved in     |
|               |               | ARGON program.  Film comparable to   |
|               |               | that of 9058A.                       |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9065A         | 13-Jun-64     | Best KH-5 mission to date.           |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|
| 9066A         | 21-Aug-64     | 15% of stellar film degraded by      |
|               |               | flare.  Image smearing on leading    |
|               |               | edge of main camera film.  Final     |
|               |               | ARGON mission.                       |
|---------------|---------------|--------------------------------------|


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