|Eject! Eject! Eject!
After the Soviet Union's beat the United States into space with Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, the nation needed a similar space spectacular to "save face." The U.S. Navy was pressured to launch a small satellite into orbit using it's new-and untested-Vanguard launch vehicle as soon as possible. On 6 December 1957, what should have been an unheralded test flight instead became a public debacle when the launcher met a flaming death on its launch pad. The Vanguard's payload, a 3-pound, 6-inch diameter satellite, somehow escaped the flaming carnage and landed--still beeping--in the sand near the launch pad.
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- 8/17/14: Hank Caruso was on-hand on the USS Theodore Roosevelt for
history in the making! The US Navy's X-47 UCAS, nicknamed "Iron Raven," underwent its first
fleet integration tests. Read more about the historic day here.