|Launch vehicle.||Thor DM-18 Able II.|
|Launch date.||1st of April, 1960.|
|Launch site.||Cape Canaveral LC-17A.|
|Ceased operations.||15, June 1960.|
|Major contractor(s)||RCA Astro.|
|Is it still in orbit.||N/A, but probably yes.|
|Launch mass||122.5 kilograms (270 lb).|
|Satellite type.||Weather satellite.|
|Links.||http://www.wikiwand.com/en/TIROS-1, http://science.nasa.gov/missions/tiros/, http://www.lib.noaa.gov/collections/TIROS/tiros.html and http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~jeff/115a/history/tiros1.html.|
TIROS-1 was the World's first ever weather satellite and was sent up in the hope it may help hurricane detection work back on earth. Vanguard 2 did also take several low quality pictures of clouds between 1959 and 1969. The optical scanner experiment was designed to obtain cloud-cover data between the equator and 35° to 45° N latitude.
It is to be noted that modern services like Google Maps, hurricane tracking services and satellite TV all owe a debt to these early satellites.