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Heavy Lift Carrier 2015

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Heavy Lift Carrier 2015
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American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. ATK Thiokol concept for a shuttle-derived heavy lift vehicle with a lift equivalent to the Saturn V. The radical reconfiguration would put all elements in-line. Four SSME engines would be at the base of a stretched external tank, flanked by two shuttle RSRM motors with a fifth segment added. Atop this would be an 8.7 m diameter Lox/LH2 stage, followed by a 10-m diameter payload fairing. Availability would be ten years after go-ahead.

LEO Payload: 102,000 kg (224,000 lb) to a 500 km orbit at 51.60 degrees.

Status: Design 2004.
Payload: 102,000 kg (224,000 lb).
Height: 127.00 m (416.00 ft).
Diameter: 8.70 m (28.50 ft).
Span: 10.00 m (32.00 ft).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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  • 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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