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DARPA Falcon

Falcon SLV
Credit: Department of Commerce
American low cost orbital launch vehicle. Lockheed Martin all-hybrid propulsion, mobile orbital launch system that could launch from an unimproved site with limited infrastructure on 24 hours notice, placing up to 840 kilograms into LEO

Lockheed Martin Michoud Operations of New Orleans, Louisiana was awarded one of four DARPA Force Application and Launch from CONUS (FALCON) contracts, valued at $11.7 million, in September 2004 to develop concepts for a low-cost launch vehicle. Lockheed conducted two test firings of the hybrid rocket motor that would be used on the upper stage of the SLV in 2005. DARPA was expected to award a contract no later than 2007 to develop a concept through flight tests.

LEO Payload: 840 kg (1,850 lb) to a 185 km orbit at 28.00 degrees.

Status: Development.
Payload: 840 kg (1,850 lb).
Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

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See also
  • LCLV Various independently-funded launch vehicles have been advocated, designed, and even developed over the years. A lot of these are attempts to build low-cost launch vehicles using simpler technology. Often such projects begin based on a low cost liquid fuel technology but end up just trying to sell various combinations of Castor solid fuel stages. These enterprises often discover there's more to coming up with a reliable launch vehicle than slashing together a bunch of 'off the shelf' rocket motors and lighting the fuse.... On the other hand, if there is ever a breakthrough in less expensive access to space, it will come through one of these entrepreneurial schemes... More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Michoud American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Michoud, USA. More...

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