The United States Navy failed to project their Vanguard space rocket and satellite into orbit on the evening of Tuesday, 28th.
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Background: The United States Navy failed to project their Vanguard space rocket and satellite into orbit on the evening of Tuesday, 28th. April.
The cause of this failure was the inability of the third stage of the rocket to release itself from the second, and was thus thrown off course and plunged into the Atlantic some 1,500 miles southeast of the launching station.
Had it reached an orbit this satellite would have joined the two Army Explorer and the 6.4 inch Naval Vanguard satellites, at present circling the Earth.
Despite this set-back the Navy plans to launch a further Vanguard carrying a 20-inch artificial moon in less than a month.
The reasons for the failure will not be known until information from the American tracker stations has been sorted through.
All went all with the rocket for the first ten minutes of flight, than at a height of about 300 miles the solid-fuel third stage failed to ignite and kick free the second stage.