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Proposed Atlas

WS-107 Concept 1. Before the Tea Pot report, Atlas was to have five thrust chambers and double the throw weight.
Credit: Ronald Wade
American orbital launch vehicle. The April 1953 design for the Atlas at the time of Convair's proposal used five main engines to power a 200 metric tone rocket able to send a 1400 kg nuclear warhead over a 10,200 km range. CEP was 1850 m.

Standard warhead: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb). Maximum range: 10,200 km (6,300 mi). CEP: 0.46 km (0.28 mi).

Status: Design 1953.
Gross mass: 200,000 kg (440,000 lb).
Payload: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb).
Height: 34.00 m (111.00 ft).
Diameter: 3.66 m (12.00 ft).
Thrust: 1,210.00 kN (272,010 lbf).

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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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