Beacon - Space launch mission detailed information
23 OCT 1958
Army Ballistic Missile Agency
Launch Complex 5
Beacon 1 was a large inflatable satellite of micro-thin plastic covered with aluminium foil. It was designed to be large so that it was easily visible from Earth.
The Juno I was a four-stage American booster rocket which launched America's first satellite, Explorer 1 in 1958. A member of thr redstone family, it was derived from the Jupiter-C sounding rocket.