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Black Colt AV
LOx/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Winged, first stage of a launch vehicle using aerial refueling and existing engines. Takes off from runway; rendezvous with tanker to load oxidizer; then flies to Mach 12/150 nm to release Star 48V second stage and 450 kg payload. 2 x F125 turbofans for flight to tanker, subsonic ferry, and go-around capability on return.

AKA: Black Colt. Status: Study 1993. Payload: 450 kg (990 lb). Thrust: 402.05 kN (90,385 lbf). Gross mass: 40,482 kg (89,247 lb). Unfuelled mass: 8,283 kg (18,260 lb). Specific impulse: 353 s. Burn time: 275 s. Height: 39.60 m (129.90 ft). Diameter: 4.60 m (15.00 ft). Span: 24.40 m (80.00 ft). Location: 590.

Release velocity: 590 m/s (1,930 ft/sec). Release conditions: 12,000 kph at 150 km.



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Black Horse AV H2O2/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Winged, single stage to orbit launch vehicle using aerial refueling and lower performance, non-cryogenic propellants. Takes off from runway at 48,452 lbs gross weight; rendezvous with tanker to load 146,870 lbs oxidizer; then flies to orbit.

Country: USA. Engines: NK-31. Spacecraft: Black Colt. Propellants: Lox/Kerosene.

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