Reentry Capsule, Cover and Screws/Bolts, Satellite, Discoverer XIII

Reentry Capsule, Cover and Screws/Bolts, Satellite, Discoverer XIII

     

This is the capsule cover for the Discoverer XIII reentry capsule that was recovered north of Hawaii by the U.S. Navy on August 11, 1960, the first man-made object to be recovered from orbit. The Discoverer XIII satellite had been launched the previous day from Vandenberg AFB. "Discoverer" was the cover name for the highly classified U.S. Air Force/Central Intelligence Agency Corona photoreconnaissance satellite program. The Discoverer XIII satellite did not carry cameras or film, and the capsule contained only diagnostic instruments. Corona satellites, however, carried cameras and film beginning with Discoverer XIV one week later. By the end of the Corona program in May 1972, over 120 Corona satellites had successfully flown and photographed the Soviet Union, China, and other nations. The capsule and cover were made by General Electric and donated by the U.S. Air Force to NASM in 1960.

Transferred from the United States Air Force.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Electric Company

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Capsule cover is metal: screws (37) and bolts (2 large, 5 medium, and 3 small) used to attach it to the capsule are metal; parachute cord is nylon
Dimensions
Overall: 9 in. high x 2 ft 5 in. in diameter (22.86 x 73.66cm)

This is the capsule cover for the Discoverer XIII reentry capsule that was recovered north of Hawaii by the U.S. Navy on August 11, 1960, the first man-made object to be recovered from orbit. The Discoverer XIII satellite had been launched the previous day from Vandenberg AFB. "Discoverer" was the cover name for the highly classified U.S. Air Force/Central Intelligence Agency Corona photoreconnaissance satellite program. The Discoverer XIII satellite did not carry cameras or film, and the capsule contained only diagnostic instruments. Corona satellites, however, carried cameras and film beginning with Discoverer XIV one week later. By the end of the Corona program in May 1972, over 120 Corona satellites had successfully flown and photographed the Soviet Union, China, and other nations. The capsule and cover were made by General Electric and donated by the U.S. Air Force to NASM in 1960.

Transferred from the United States Air Force.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Electric Company

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Capsule cover is metal: screws (37) and bolts (2 large, 5 medium, and 3 small) used to attach it to the capsule are metal; parachute cord is nylon
Dimensions
Overall: 9 in. high x 2 ft 5 in. in diameter (22.86 x 73.66cm)

ID: A19610100002