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Old 09-23-2017, 04:51 AM
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I just came across *this* (see: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...?topic=40733.40 ) NASASpaceFlight.com thread, which contains postings--including dimensioned drawings--of both common and rare Thor variants (orbital launch vehicles, suborbital special test vehicles, ASAT [Anti-SATellite] Thors, etc.). The Thor-Burner 1 (Thor-Altair), Thor-Burner 2, and Thor-Burner 2A are covered, as are the various Thor-Agena, Thor Able-Star, and Thor-Delta variants.
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:35 AM
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Nice stuff. Thanks.
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Nice stuff. Thanks.
You're welcome. Here (see: http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_lau/thor_sd.htm and http://spacelaunchreport.com/thorh6.html ) are photographs of Thor-Burner 1, 2, and 2A vehicles. It turned out that the Thor-Burner 1 (Thor-Altair) actually did use those narrow and wide Scout payload fairings. At the time the Scout's reliability was pretty "hit or miss," and the USAF wanted to make sure--as sure as they could--that the classified meteorological satellites (which would prevent spy satellites from wasting film photographing cloud cover) would reach orbit, so they turned to the trusty (and cheap) repatriated Thor IRBMs that had been stationed in the UK.
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http://www.lulu.com/product/cd/what...of-2%29/6122050
http://www.lulu.com/product/cd/what...of-2%29/6126511
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