Launch Time
Wed Jun 01, 1966 15:00 UTC

First and only launch of the Atlas SLV-3.


Atlas SLV-3
Image Credit: USAF or NASA
General Dynamics
Status: Retired
Payload to LEO: 800 kg
Strap-ons: 0

Mission Details

Augmented Target Docking Adapter

After the failure of the first GATV, NASA commissioned McDonnell to develop a backup docking target minus the Lockheed Agena rocket, the Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA). This consisted of the Gemini docking collar and an attitude control propulsion system based on the Gemini Reentry Control System. The shroud that protected the docking adapter during launch failed to separate, due to lanyards being incorrectly secured with adhesive tape. Gemini 9A was launched on June 3, and when in orbit, the crew observed that the shroud of the ATDA had partially opened and was described by Stafford as "looking like an angry alligator". Docking was not possible, but the rendezvous maneuver was practiced instead.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 794.0 kg
Low Earth Orbit


LC-14, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA



53rd orbital launch attempt

Atlas SLV-3

1st mission
1st mission of 1966
1st successful mission