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American low cost orbital launch vehicle. Single stage vehicle.

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1989-10-05. Last Fail Date: 1989-10-05.

Gross mass: 12,200 kg (26,800 lb).
Height: 17.70 m (58.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.29 m (4.23 ft).
Thrust: 315.00 kN (70,814 lbf).
Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).
First Launch: 1989.10.05.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • AMROC The AMROC corporation proposed to develop low-cost hybrid-propulsion orbital launch vehicles in the 1980's. Actual flight hardware did not go beyond a small test vehicle. More...
  • LCLV Various independently-funded launch vehicles have been advocated, designed, and even developed over the years. A lot of these are attempts to build low-cost launch vehicles using simpler technology. Often such projects begin based on a low cost liquid fuel technology but end up just trying to sell various combinations of Castor solid fuel stages. These enterprises often discover there's more to coming up with a reliable launch vehicle than slashing together a bunch of 'off the shelf' rocket motors and lighting the fuse.... On the other hand, if there is ever a breakthrough in less expensive access to space, it will come through one of these entrepreneurial schemes... More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • eAc American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. eAc, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. More...
  • Vandenberg 576A3 Atlas, AMROC launch complex. Originally an Atlas 576 SMS ICBM pad. Upgraded for use as ABRES pad in 1965, and for BMRS program in 1971. More...

Associated Stages
  • AMROC IRR Lox/Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 12,200 kg. Thrust 315.00 kN. More...

AMROC IRR Chronology

1989 October 5 - . 17:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg 576A3. LV Family: AMROC. Launch Vehicle: AMROC IRR. LV Configuration: AMROC IRR SET-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AMROC. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

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