American orbital launch vehicle. Proposed upgrade to Delta IV Heavy by clustering five common booster modules, using an AUS-60 upper stage powered by 2 MB-60 or RL-60 27 tonne thrust Lox/LH2 engines, and aluminium-lithium lightweight alloy in place of the existing aluminium in all stages. Payload fairings over 6.5 m diameter could be accomodated. Introduction would require new launch pads and booster assembly infrastructure.
LEO Payload: 48,000 kg (105,000 lb) to a 407 km orbit at 28.50 degrees. Payload: 18,000 kg (39,000 lb) to a earth escape.
Status: Study 2004.
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Payload: 48,000 kg (105,000 lb).
Height: 71.00 m (232.00 ft).
Diameter: 5.00 m (16.40 ft).
Span: 15.00 m (49.00 ft).
Apogee: 407 km (252 mi).
Delta IV The Delta IV was the world's first all-Lox/LH2 launch vehicle and represented the only all-new-technology launch vehicle developed in the United States since the 1970's. It was the winner of the bulk of the USAF EELV orders and was based on the all-new RS-68-powered Lox/LH2 cryogenic Common Booster Core (CBC). This could be used with new Delta cryogenic upper stages powered by the RL10 engine but unrelated to previous Centaur upper stages. More...
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Douglas American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Boeing Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, CA, USA. More...
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