American low cost orbital launch vehicle. Aries launched to promote a commercial launch vehicle of entirely different configuration.
LEO Payload: 890 kg (1,960 lb) to a 463 km orbit. Launch Price $: 18.000 million in 1994 dollars.
Status: Out of production.
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Gross mass: 87,407 kg (192,699 lb).
Payload: 890 kg (1,960 lb).
Height: 15.24 m (49.99 ft).
Diameter: 1.24 m (4.06 ft).
Thrust: 1,704.70 kN (383,232 lbf).
Apogee: 463 km (287 mi).
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
EER American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. EER Systems Inc. , USA More...
Castor 4A Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 11,743/1,529 kg. Thrust 478.31 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 266 seconds. More...
Castor 4B Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 11,400/1,400 kg. Thrust 430.61 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 281 seconds. Optimized for high altitude (Conestoga) More...
PAM-D Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 2,141/232 kg. Thrust 67.16 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 292 seconds. More...
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