Courier 1B - Space launch mission detailed information
4 OCT 1960
United States Air Force
Space Launch Complex 17B
An active repeater communications satellite. The vehicle succesfully launched and successfully operated for a few weeks proving the experimental system.
Thor DM-21 Ablestar
The Thor-Ablestar, or Thor Able-Star, also known as Thor-Epsilon was an early American expendable launch system consisting of a PGM-17 Thor missile, with an Ablestar upper stage. It was a member of the Thor family of rockets, and was derived from the Thor-Able.