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Hercules


American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Hercules, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

Solid propellant pioneer with factory in Magna, Utah.

Location: Wilmington, Delaware.

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • GEM 60 Hercules solid rocket engine. 851.5 kN. In production. Isp=275s. Used as strap-on boosters for Delta 3 , Delta IV Medium. First flight 2002. More...
  • GEM 46 Hercules solid rocket engine. 608.1 kN. Air-ignited versions have nozzle ratio of 24.8:1, specific impulse of 284 sec. Isp=274s. First flight 1998. More...
  • GEM 40 Hercules solid rocket engine. 499.2 kN. Air-ignited versions have nozzle ratio of 16:1, specific impulse of 283.4 sec. Isp=274s. Used on Delta 7925 launch vehicle. First flight 1990. More...
  • Hercules Hercules solid rocket engine. 15,565.8 kN. In development. Isp=286s. Planned replacement for shuttle solid rocket boosters after Challenger disaster. A billion dollars spent in development, but contract terminated. NASA decided to stay with Thiokol RSRM. More...
  • M-6 Hercules solid rocket engine. 365 kN. Taurus rocket motor originally developed for the Army Honest John tactical missile. In sounding rocket applications the interstage adapter was bolted to the front of the Taurus. More...
  • M5E1 Hercules solid rocket engine. 195.6 kN. Nike booster motor. The interstage adapter was bolted to the front of the Nike in sounding rocket applications and lip-fit into the second stage nozzle. More...
  • Pegasus-3 Hercules solid rocket engine. 34.6 kN. Isp=287s. Upper stage engine for Pegasus, Pegasus XL, Taurus. First flight 1989. More...
  • Pegasus XL-1 Hercules solid rocket engine. 589 kN. Isp=293s. Used on Pegasus XL launch vehicle. First flight 1994. More...
  • Pegasus XL-2 Hercules solid rocket engine. 153.5 kN. Isp=290s. Used on Pegasus XL launch vehicle. First flight 1994. More...
  • Pegasus-1 Hercules solid rocket engine. 484.9 kN. Isp=285s. Used on Pegasus, Taurus. First flight 1989. More...
  • Pegasus-2 Hercules solid rocket engine. 118.2 kN. Isp=290s. Used on Pegasus, Taurus. First flight 1989. More...
  • SR11 Hercules solid rocket engine. LGM-30 Retro Motor . Used on Minuteman 1 launch vehicle. More...
  • Talos Mk 11 Mod 2 Hercules solid rocket engine. 516 kN. Talos motor fitted with a conical adapter for mating to the second stage. More...
  • USRM Hercules solid rocket engine. 7560.5 kN. Isp=286s.Strap-on booster for Titan 4B. First flight 1997. More...

See also
Associated Launch Vehicles
Associated Stages
  • Alcyone Solid rocket stage. 34.00 kN (7,644 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb). More...
  • Hera-2 Solid rocket stage. 76.00 kN (17,085 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,900 kg (4,189 lb). More...
  • Peacekeeper-3 Solid rocket stage. 329.00 kN (73,962 lbf) thrust. Mass 8,200 kg (18,078 lb). More...
  • Pershing 2-1 Solid rocket stage. 172.00 kN (38,667 lbf) thrust. Mass 4,100 kg (9,039 lb). More...
  • Pershing 2-2 Solid rocket stage. 134.00 kN (30,124 lbf) thrust. Mass 2,600 kg (5,732 lb). More...
  • SICBM-3 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 2,000 kg. Thrust 88.00 kN. More...
  • SM-1ER-1 Solid rocket stage. 257.50 kN (57,888 lbf) thrust. Mass 900 kg (1,984 lb). More...
  • SPARTA-3 Solid rocket stage. 34.00 kN (7,644 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb). More...

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