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List of Atlas LV3A launches

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Atlas LV 3A launching.

File:Atlas-Agena B.stl

The Agena Target Vehicle as seen from Gemini 8 during rendezvous, March 16, 1966

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About the Atlas LV3A[edit]

The Atlas LV-3A was a mainly unsuccessful rocket until a Agena B upper stage was added to it as an upper stage. It was responsible for the launch of Mariner 2 to Venus and had one of the first engines that could be restarted in orbit.

The Atlas LV3A and Agena B launcher have flown a total of 8 times with 3 successful and 5 failed launches.[1]

Launch outcomes[edit]

  •   Failure
  •   Success
  •   Partial Failure

Launch history[edit]

Ranger block 1 spacecraft bus was used for the first two Rangers, and also for the first two Mariner interplanetary probes.
Atlas LV3A upper stage docking.
The data in this table comes from[2]
Number Outcome Mission name Date Firsts and lasts
1 [lower-alpha 1] Success Samos 2 Tuesday, January 31, 1961 First Atlas LV3A launch.
2 Success MiDAS 3 Tuesday, August 15, 1961
3 Partial failure Ranger 1 Wednesday, August 23, 1961
4 Failure Samos 3 Saturday, September 9, 1961
5 Success MiDAS 4 and Westford 1 Saturday, October 21, 1961
6 Failure Ranger 2 Saturday, November 18, 1961
7 Failure Samos 4 Wednesday, November 22, 1961
8 Partial failure Samos 5 Friday, December 22, 1961 Last Atlas LV3A launch.

See also[edit]

Thor (rocket family)


List of Atlas LV3B launches


  1. First space launch ever according to both Space Launch Schedule ([1]) and Space Launch Now ([2]).


  1. "United States Air Force - Atlas LV-3A | Samos 2 Rocket Launch". Space Launch Schedule. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  2. "1961-1969 Launch Schedule". Space Launch Schedule. Retrieved 2021-01-25.

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