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ALV


Family of small low-cost all-solid-propellant launch vehicles, which use numerous off-the-shelf components and require minimal ground support

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • ALV American sounding rocket. Family of small low-cost all-solid-propellant launch vehicles, which use numerous off-the-shelf components and require minimal ground support More...
  • Satellite Launch Vehicle American orbital launch vehicle. Orbital version. Selected by NASA under the COTS program in January 2008 in place of the cancelled Kistler for post-shuttle ISS resupply missions. Uses half-length shuttle SRB as first stage; proven Castor-120 as second stage; new Castor-30 as third stage; and Oribtal Adjusment Module from Lockheed's cancelled Athena launcher as a fourth stage. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...

ALV Chronology


2008 August 22 - . 09:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA0B. LV Family: ALV. Launch Vehicle: ALV. FAILURE: Went off course and destroyed by range safety 27 seconds after launch..
  • HyBolt/SOAREX-VI - . Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Apogee: 3.50 km (2.10 mi). Summary: Carried HyBOLT and SOAREX-VI hypersonic research experiments..

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