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Satellite Launch Vehicle
Part of ALV Family
American orbital launch vehicle. Orbital version. Selected by NASA under the COTS program in January 2008 in place of the cancelled Kistler for post-shuttle ISS resupply missions. Uses half-length shuttle SRB as first stage; proven Castor-120 as second stage; new Castor-30 as third stage; and Orbital Adjustment Module from Lockheed's cancelled Athena launcher as a fourth stage.

AKA: Athena III. Payload: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb). Apogee: 350 km (210 mi).

LEO Payload: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb) to a 350 km orbit at 51.60 degrees. Payload: 2,800 kg (6,100 lb) to a GTO.



Family: orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Stages: OAM, RSRM, Castor 30, Castor 120. Agency: Alliant.

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