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Project Vanguard

Project Vanguard was a program managed by the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which intended to launch the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit using a Vanguard rocket as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Missile Annex, Florida.

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Project Vanguard - Launch History
... Test vehicle launches The first Vanguard flight, a successful suborbital test of the TV-0 single-stage vehicle, was launched on December 8, 1956 ... Vanguard TV-2, another suborbital test, was launched October 23, 1957 ... The Vanguard rocket launched three satellites out of eleven launch attempts Vanguard TV3 - December 6, 1957 - Failed to orbit 1.36 kg (3 lb) satellite Vanguard ...
Milton Rosen - Project Vanguard
... rocket was selected, and again Rosen was project manager ... This classified NRL proposal was the genesis of Project Vanguard ... Unfortunately for the timely success of the satellite project, many of the most experienced people at Martin were shifted to the high-priority Titan ...

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