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Star 17



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Star-17
Credit: Thiokol
Thiokol solid rocket engine. 10.9 kN. Skynet 1, NATO 1, and IMP-H & J. Out of production. Isp=286s. Used on Atlas LV-3A / Agena D launch vehicle. First flight 1963.

Orbit insertion motor has been used as the apogee kick motor for the Radio Astronomy Explorer satellite, the SOLRAD satellite, and an S-3 satellite. Total impulse 20,177 kgf-sec. Motor propellant mass fraction 0.881.

Application: Skynet 1, NATO 1, and IMP-H & J.

Characteristics

Thrust (sl): 15.400 kN (3,462 lbf). Thrust (sl): 1,571 kgf.

AKA: 17.6-KS-2,460; TE-M-479.
Status: Out of production.
Gross mass: 79 kg (174 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 9.00 kg (19.80 lb).
Height: 0.98 m (3.21 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 10.90 kN (2,450 lbf).
Specific impulse: 286 s.
Specific impulse sea level: 220 s.
Burn time: 18 s.
Number: 15 .

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Associated Countries
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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Atlas Agena D American orbital launch vehicle. Atlas D with further improved and lightened Agena upper stage. More...

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

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

Associated Stages
  • Star 17 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 124/14 kg. Thrust 19.60 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 280 seconds. More...

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