Sputnik/Sputnik 1.
Category. Statistic.
Launch vehicle. Sputnik 8K71PS.
Launch date. 4 October 1957, 19:28:34 UTC.
Launch site. Baikonur 1/5.
Ceased operations. 26 October 1957.
Owner(s). OKB-1 (Opytnoye Konstruktorskoye Buro #1).
Major contractor(s) . OKB-1 and the Ministry of Radio-technical Industry.
Is it still in orbit. It burnt up on 4 January 1958.
Nationality(s). Soviet.
Launch mass. 83.60 kg (184.3 lb).
Satellite type. Technology testing.


Sputnik 1

DAYTON, Ohio -- Sputnik I exhibit in the Missile & Space Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Sputnik, which means "satellite" in Russian, was the Soviet entry in a scientific race to launch the first satellite ever.

The Soviet government issued a secret decree that authorised the development of 'Object D' satellite program in 1956, which led to the program to launch Sputnik 3. Ironically Sputnik 1 (Russian: "Спу́тник-1" English: "Elimentry Satellite-1", or literally "fellow traveler") was only a simplified spin-off of the Object D program. It was the Soviets's first satellite.

Sputnik was to ignite the American issues of the missile gap, the Sputnik crisis and the space race. The successfully launch of anything from a still backward USSR was in stark contrast to the American Flopnik incident.

SPUTNIK DECLASSIFIED - NOVA - Discovery History Space (full documentary)-1

SPUTNIK DECLASSIFIED - NOVA - Discovery History Space (full documentary)-1

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Sputnik - 60 years on from the Start of the Space Race

Sputnik - 60 years on from the Start of the Space Race

That simple little beep, beep, beep was the sound that started the Space Race. It's been 60 years since they have first heard on October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into a low Earth orbit. It was only a metal ball, 22 inches or about 56 centimetres in diameter, with four antennae sticking out of it – but it had an impact far greater than its size. In fact, it changed the course of human history. EDIT: a couple of mistakes on my part. Firstly the date Khrushchev said "we will bury you" was 1956 on 1965, for some reason i said 65 even though the script said 56. Second, the pic of Dmitry Ustinov, I focused on the wrong man, it should have been the one in the bottom right which is partially cut out. Sponsors: Symon Hamer, Florian Hesse, Georgi Dobrev, Pyloric, Seb Stoodley, Oscar Anderson, Peter Cote, Cody Belichesky, Mogoreanu Daniel, Douglas Gustafson, Marcus Chiado, Mitchell Payce, Skalgrin, Jorn Magnus Karlsen, John Roscoe. Presented By Paul Shillito Written & Researched By Martin Kielty Additional Material By Paul Shillito Footage & Images NASA, Roscosmos, ESA Say It Anyway by P C III is licensed under an Attribution License. Source:

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