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Beal BA-2 Stage 1


H2O2/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 744,000/45,195 kg. Thrust 14,120.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 259 seconds. Thrust declines to 70% of initial value at shut down.

Status: Development 2000.
Gross mass: 744,000 kg (1,640,000 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 45,195 kg (99,637 lb).
Height: 31.60 m (103.60 ft).
Diameter: 6.20 m (20.30 ft).
Span: 6.20 m (20.30 ft).
Thrust: 14,120.00 kN (3,174,300 lbf).
Specific impulse: 259 s.
Burn time: 131 s.

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Associated Engines
  • BA-3200 Beal H2O2/Kerosene rocket engine. 14,100 kN. Development 1990's. Pressure-fed engine with composite ablative chamber and nozzle. Helium pressurant. Thrust declines to 70% of initial value before shutdown. Isp=259s. More...

Associated Propellants
  • H2O2/Kerosene Hydrogen peroxide is used as both an oxidiser and a monopropellant. Relatively high density and non-toxic, it was abandoned after early use in British rockets, but recently revived as a propellant for the Black Horse spaceplane. Rocket propellant RP-1, or its foreign equivalents, is a straight-run kerosene fraction, which is subjected to further treatment, i.e., acid washing, sulphur dioxide extraction. Thus, unsaturated substances which polymerise in storage are removed, as are sulphur-containing hydrocarbons. More...

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