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American orbital launch vehicle. First operational version of Atlas ICBM and used as launch vehicle for Project Mercury.

LEO Payload: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb) to a 185 km orbit at 28.00 degrees in 1985 dollars. Flyaway Unit Cost $: 14.210 million. Maximum range: 13,000 km (8,000 mi).

Status: Out of production.
Gross mass: 117,730 kg (259,550 lb).
Payload: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb).
Height: 25.00 m (82.00 ft).
Diameter: 3.05 m (10.00 ft).
Thrust: 1,587.20 kN (356,817 lbf).
Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

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  • Atlas The Atlas rocket, originally developed as America's first ICBM, was the basis for most early American space exploration and was that country's most successful medium-lift commercial launch vehicle. It launched America's first astronaut into orbit; the first generations of spy satellites; the first lunar orbiters and landers; the first probes to Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn; and was America's most successful commercial launcher of communications satellites. Its innovative stage-and-a-half and 'balloon tank' design provided the best dry-mass fraction of any launch vehicle ever built. It was retired in 2004 after 576 launches in a 47-year career. More...

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

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