American intercontinental ballistic missile. ICBM version
Standard warhead: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb). Maximum range: 12,100 km (7,500 mi). Number Standard Warheads: 1. Standard RV: Mk. 4. Standard warhead: W38. Warhead yield: 3,750 KT. CEP: 3.23 km (2.00 mi). Boost Propulsion: Liquid rocket, Lox/Kerosene. Maximum speed: 29,030 kph (18,030 mph). Initial Operational Capability: 1960. Total Number Built: 381. Total Development Built: 18. Total Production Built: 343.
AKA: CGM-16E; Atlas E; SM-65E.
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Gross mass: 120,000 kg (260,000 lb).
Payload: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb).
Height: 25.15 m (82.51 ft).
Diameter: 3.05 m (10.00 ft).
Span: 4.88 m (16.01 ft).
Apogee: 1,288 km (800 mi).
Atlas The Atlas rocket, originally developed as America's first ICBM, was the basis for most early American space exploration and was that country's most successful medium-lift commercial launch vehicle. It launched America's first astronaut into orbit; the first generations of spy satellites; the first lunar orbiters and landers; the first probes to Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn; and was America's most successful commercial launcher of communications satellites. Its innovative stage-and-a-half and 'balloon tank' design provided the best dry-mass fraction of any launch vehicle ever built. It was retired in 2004 after 576 launches in a 47-year career. More...
missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Convair American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Convair, USA. More...
Atlas E/F Lox/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 117,826/4,926 kg. Thrust 386.30 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 316 seconds. More...
Atlas MA-3 Lox/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 3,174/3,174 kg. Thrust 1,644.96 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 290 seconds. More...
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