Israeli all-solid orbital launch vehicle. As Leolink LK-1, but with a Castor-120 motor as the first stage.
LEO Payload: 1,550 kg (3,410 lb) to a 200 km orbit. Payload: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb) to a 800 km SSO. Launch Price $: 20.000 million in 1999 dollars.
Status: Development ended 2002.
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Gross mass: 70,000 kg (154,000 lb).
Payload: 1,550 kg (3,410 lb).
Height: 26.40 m (86.60 ft).
Diameter: 2.30 m (7.50 ft).
Thrust: 1,450.00 kN (325,970 lbf).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
LK-1 IAI solid rocket engine. 774 kN. In production. Isp=272s. Lengthened version of Shavit rocket motor. Lower stage used 9:1 nozzle. 23.6:1 nozzle for upper stage use inceased Isp to 279 seconds, First flight 1995. More...
Daniel Israel and South Africa collaborated closely in rocket technology in the 1970's and 1980's. South Africa provided Israel with the uranium and test facilities it needed for its strategic weapons programmes. In exchange Israel provided aerospace technology. This included the capability of building the ten-tonne solid propellant rocket motors designed for the Israeli Jericho-2 missile. These motors were the basis of two space launchers for an indigenous 'R5b' space programme. It seems that South Africa also planned to use these motors in a series of missiles to provide a nuclear deterrent. More...
Shavit Satellite launcher derived from Jericho II MRBM, essentially identical to South African RSA-3. NEXT was a variant with an improved upper stage for proposed launch from Wallops Island, USA (launch from Israel is only possible into retrograde orbits since due East launch would be over territory of adjacent countries). More...
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
IAI Israeli manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Israel Aircraft Industries, Israel. More...
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