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Atlas V Growth Phase 1


American orbital launch vehicle. Proposed growth variant of the heavy-lift version of the Atlas V launch vehicle with three parallel 3.8-m-diameter Common Core Boosters (CCB), a 5-m-diameter wide body version of the Centaur upper stage with a single-engine, and a 5 m diameter payload fairing. Another variant would use a stretched wide body version of the Centaur upper stage with 2 or 4 motors, allowing payloads of up to 13,500 kg to be lofted to earth escape velocity.

Payload: 12,000 kg (26,000 lb) to a earth escape.

Status: Design 2003.
Gross mass: 960,000 kg (2,110,000 lb).
Payload: 12,000 kg (26,000 lb).
Height: 60.00 m (196.00 ft).
Diameter: 3.81 m (12.49 ft).
Span: 11.50 m (37.70 ft).
Thrust: 11,470.00 kN (2,578,550 lbf).

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See also
  • Atlas V The Atlas V launch vehicle system was a completely new design that succeeded the earlier Atlas series. Atlas V vehicles were based on the 3.8-m (12.5-ft) diameter Common Core Booster (CCB) powered by a single Russian RD-180 engine. These could be clustered together, and complemented by a Centaur upper stage, and up to five solid rocket boosters, to achieve a wide range of performance. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Martin American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Martin Marietta Astronautics Group (1956), Denver, CO, USA. More...

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