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NLS
NLS - Martin
NLS - Martin
NLS - Martin Marietta version utilizing Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters
Credit: Lockheed Martin
American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. New (or National) Launch System (NLS) joint NASA/USAF studies began in 1989, following the demise of the ALS. They proposed development of a family of launch vehicles using a new STME engine to replace the existing ‘high cost' boosters derived from 1950's missile designs. The $12 billion nonrecurring cost was nearly that estimated for ALS, and this cost could not be recouped at projected launch rates. NLS was terminated in 1991.

AKA: National Launch System;New Launch System. Status: Study 1991. Thrust: 17,784.50 kN (3,998,115 lbf). Gross mass: 851,732 kg (1,877,747 lb). Height: 62.00 m (203.00 ft). Diameter: 8.70 m (28.50 ft).

Flyaway Unit Cost 1985$: 89.000 million.

Stage Data - NLS

  • Stage 0. 1 x NLS Semistage. Gross Mass: 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). Empty Mass: 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 14,310.000 kN (3,217,010 lbf). Isp: 425 sec. Burn time: 100 sec. Isp(sl): 350 sec. Diameter: 8.70 m (28.50 ft). Span: 9.00 m (29.50 ft). Length: 9.00 m (29.50 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 4. Engine: STME. Other designations: National Launch System. Status: Study 1991.
  • Stage 1. 1 x NLS Core. Gross Mass: 815,732 kg (1,798,381 lb). Empty Mass: 44,757 kg (98,672 lb). Thrust (vac): 7,150.000 kN (1,607,380 lbf). Isp: 430 sec. Burn time: 350 sec. Isp(sl): 360 sec. Diameter: 8.70 m (28.50 ft). Span: 8.70 m (28.50 ft). Length: 52.00 m (170.00 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 2. Engine: STME. Other designations: National Launch System. Status: Study 1991.



Subtopics

DRM1 American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. The Mars Design Reference Mission version 1.0 studied a number of heavy-lift boosters capable of lofting more than 200 metric tons into low earth orbit. The Red Team recommended configuration was an NLS / shuttle-derived vehicle with F-1A powered liquid rocket boosters.

NLS HLV American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. NLS Heavy Lift Version. Lower cost expendable launch vehicle studied by NASA/USAF in late 1980's.

Family: heavy-lift, orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Engines: STME. Stages: NLS Core, NLS Semistage. Bibliography: 238.

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