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Delta 5000



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Delta 5920
Delta 5920-8 no. 189 - COSPAR 1989-089
American orbital launch vehicle. The Delta 5000 series used the more powerful Castor 4A strap-ons but with the Extended Long Tank core with RS-27 engine. Only one was launched.

LEO Payload: 3,848 kg (8,483 lb) to a 185 km orbit. Payload: 1,405 kg (3,097 lb) to a GTO in 1985 dollars. Flyaway Unit Cost $: 34.220 million.

Stage Data - Delta 5000

  • Stage 0. 9 x Castor 4A. Gross Mass: 11,743 kg (25,888 lb). Empty Mass: 1,529 kg (3,370 lb). Thrust (vac): 478.309 kN (107,528 lbf). Isp: 266 sec. Burn time: 56 sec. Isp(sl): 237 sec. Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft). Span: 1.02 m (3.34 ft). Length: 9.12 m (29.92 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Engine: Castor 4A. Status: In Production.
  • Stage 1. 1 x Delta Thor RS27. Gross Mass: 84,368 kg (185,999 lb). Empty Mass: 4,360 kg (9,610 lb). Thrust (vac): 1,030.218 kN (231,602 lbf). Isp: 296 sec. Burn time: 223 sec. Isp(sl): 262 sec. Diameter: 2.44 m (8.00 ft). Span: 2.44 m (8.00 ft). Length: 22.37 m (73.39 ft). Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. No Engines: 1. Engine: RS-27. Other designations: Extended Length Thor RS-27. Status: Out of Production.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Delta K. Gross Mass: 6,954 kg (15,330 lb). Empty Mass: 950 kg (2,090 lb). Thrust (vac): 43.630 kN (9,808 lbf). Isp: 319 sec. Burn time: 431 sec. Diameter: 1.70 m (5.50 ft). Span: 2.40 m (7.80 ft). Length: 5.89 m (19.32 ft). Propellants: N2O4/Aerozine-50. No Engines: 1. Engine: AJ10-118K. Status: In Production.

Status: Out of production.
Gross mass: 201,580 kg (444,400 lb).
Payload: 3,848 kg (8,483 lb).
Height: 34.00 m (111.00 ft).
Diameter: 2.44 m (8.00 ft).
Thrust: 3,468.90 kN (779,840 lbf).
Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • COBE American infrared astronomy satellite. One launch, 1989.11.18. More...

Associated Engines
  • AJ10-118K Aerojet N2O4/Aerozine-50 rocket engine. 43.4 kN. Isp=321s. Pressure-fed engine, optimized for altitude operation, used in Delta K stage from 1989. Not regeneratively cooled; used a rubber modified silica phenolic ablative at the combustion flame front. More...
  • RS-27 Rocketdyne Lox/Kerosene rocket engine. 1023 kN. Out of production. Isp=295s. Consisted of RS2701A/B main engine, and twin LR101-NA-11 verniers. Introduced in 1974 on the McDonnell Douglas' Delta 2000 series launcher; replaced the MB-3. First flight 1972. More...

See also
  • Delta The Delta launch vehicle was America's longest-lived, most reliable, and lowest-cost space launch vehicle. Development began in 1955 and it continued in service in the 21st Century despite numerous candidate replacements. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Douglas American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Boeing Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, CA, USA. More...

Associated Stages
  • Castor 4A Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 11,743/1,529 kg. Thrust 478.31 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 266 seconds. More...
  • Delta K N2O4/Aerozine-50 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 6,954/950 kg. Thrust 43.63 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 319 seconds. More...
  • Delta Thor RS27 Lox/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 84,368/4,360 kg. Thrust 1,030.22 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 296 seconds. More...

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