Agena Operational Experience 680740

In 9 years of operational experience on Air Force and NASA programs, the Agena has proved to be a reliable vehicle. This paper describes the improving methods of operation over the years. Among these are testing the complete flight vehicle system under the closest possible simulation of the flight environment, the use of telemetry in conjunction with automated data handling systems, use of computerized data handling, and delivery of mate-ready flight vehicles to the launch bases. Each is discussed in detail.


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