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Heavy Lift Carrier 2011


American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. ATK Thiokol concept for a shuttle-derived heavy lift vehicle. The shuttle orbiter would be replaced by a 6.5 m diameter x 35 m long cargo container, powered by three Space Shuttle main engines. The shuttle RSRM motors would have a fifth segment added, and the External Tank would be stretched to 56 m long. Availability would be six years after go-ahead.

LEO Payload: 91,000 kg (200,000 lb) to a 500 km orbit at 51.60 degrees.

Status: Design 2004.
Payload: 91,000 kg (200,000 lb).
Height: 66.00 m (216.00 ft).
Diameter: 8.70 m (28.50 ft).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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See also
  • Ares The design selected to boost America's Orion manned spacecraft into space in the 21st Century was a family of launch vehicles dubbed Ares. Originally sold as being derivatives of space shuttle technology, tinkering by NASA engineers and necessary changes during development quickly resulted in the designs being essentially all-new. After inevitable delays and cost escalation, the Ares was cancelled in 2010. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Thiokol American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Thiokol Corporation, Ogden, UT, USA. More...

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