The Agena was a rocket upper stage developed by Lockheed for the ill-fated WS-117L US reconnaissance satellite program. It lived on to see extensive use as the upper stage/spacecraft for the Corona spy satellite program and as an upper stage on the Thor, Atlas, and Titan boosters. It was also used by the manned Gemini program to practice rendezvous and docking (see Agena Target Vehicle). ...more on Wikipedia about "Agena"
The Angara rocket, currently in development, is designed to launch heavy payloads into orbit, reducing Russia's dependency on Kazakhstan for heavy lift (from whom Russia leases the Baikonur Cosmodrome), as well as eliminate the need to purchase Zenit rockets from Ukraine. The Angara will allow Russia to place heavy objects in orbit independently, while still maintaining the ability to launch payloads equivalent to the Proton rocket, the heavy lift workhorse of the Soviet Union and now Russia. ...more on Wikipedia about "Angara rocket"
Ariane is a series of a civilian European expendable launch vehicles for space launch use. The name comes from the French spelling of the mythological character Ariadne. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ariane (rocket)"
Ariane I is the first version of the Ariane launcher family. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ariane 1"
Ariane 2 and Ariane 3 were expendable launch systems in the Ariane family designed by the European Space Agency. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ariane 2 and Ariane 3"
Ariane 4 was an expendable launch system, designed by the European Space Agency and manufactured and marketed by its subsidiary Arianespace. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ariane 4"
Ariane 5 is an expendable launch system designed to deliver satellites into geostationary transfer orbit and to send payloads to low earth orbit. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ariane 5" My http://www.shortopedia.com and me.
The Atlas is a venerable line of space launch vehicles built by Lockheed Martin. Originally designed as an ICBM in the late 1950s, the Atlas is today used as a launch platform for commercial and military satellites, and other space vehicles. ...more on Wikipedia about "Atlas (rocket)"
(Atlas II) ==Mission== ...more on Wikipedia about "Atlas II"
The Atlas IIAS is a launch vehicle used by NASA to put unmanned vehicles into Earth orbit. It is currently the most powerful version of the original NASA Atlas/Centaur rocket. The rocket has multiple stages to orbit. Once the fuel in the solid rocket boosters is consumed, they are jettisoned to reduce weight. After the rocket escapes the second stage of the launch vehicle deploys the satellite. ...more on Wikipedia about "Atlas IIAS"
Atlas V is a launch vehicle, built by Lockheed Martin. Although it is the newest version of Atlas it contains little Atlas technology. It no longer uses balloon tanks nor 1.5 staging, but incorporates a rigid framework for its first stage booster much like the Titan family of vehicles. Ironically, given Atlas's origin as a military weapon, the Atlas III and Atlas V use Russian-designed engines. The Atlas V was developed by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services as part of the US Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. The term "expendable launch vehicle" means it is only used once. Launches are from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In addition, Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base is being prepared for future polar launches. ...more on Wikipedia about "Atlas V rocket"
Black Arrow was a British satellite launch vehicle based on the Black Knight rocket. Black Arrow was the brainchild of British engineer John Scott-Scott, and was developed by the Royal Aircraft Establishment. The rocket used hydrogen peroxide oxidizer with kerosene fuel. ...more on Wikipedia about "Black Arrow"
The Blue Streak missile was a British ballistic missile development programme of the mid to late- 1950s, the initial design being based on licensed U.S. technology. Black Knight was a vehicle intended to test the design for a re-entry head by firing it to altitudes of several hundreds of kilometers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Blue Streak missile"
The Centaur is an upper stage rocket designed for use on satellite launch vehicles, boosting the satellite into its final orbit or, in the case of interplanetary probes, to escape velocity. ...more on Wikipedia about "Centaur (rocket stage)"
The Cosmos-3M is a Russian space launch vehicle. It is a liquid-fueled two-stage rocket, first launched in 1967 and with over 360 successful launches to its name. The Cosmos 3M uses nitrogen tetroxide as an oxidizer to lift roughtly 1400 kg of payload into orbit. It differed from the earlier Cosmos 3 in its finer control of the second-stage burn, allowing operators to tune the thrust and even channel it through nozzles that helped orient the rocket for the launching of multiple satellites at one time. PO Polyot has manufactured these launch vehicles in the Russian town of Omsk for decades, though the latest digitally controlled rockets are now officially referred to as "Cosmos 3MU." ...more on Wikipedia about "Cosmos-3M"
The Boeing IDS Delta II family of launch vehicles has been in service since 1989. All United States expendable launch vehicles were to be phased out for the Space Shuttle, but the Challenger accident restarted Delta development. The Delta II, specifically, was designed to accommodate the GPS Block II series of satellites. Delta IIs have successfully launched 115 projects (through August 2004), including several NASA missions to Mars: ...more on Wikipedia about "Delta II"
The Delta II/III Launch Vehicle Family was developed by Rocketdyne/ Boeing at Chatsworth and Canoga Park, California, and its rockets' engines were tested at Boeing's Santa Susana Field Laboratory, (SSFL), located northwest of Los Angeles in the Simi hills. Delta III effectively doubled the performance of the Delta II expendable launch system rockets. ...more on Wikipedia about "Delta II/III Launch Vehicle Family"
Boeing's Delta III Rocket made its first successful launch on August 21, 2000. Of its three flights, two have been failures, and the third - which succeeded - carried the only dummy (inert) payload of any Delta rocket. Delta III has the capability to deliver 8,400 pounds (3,800 kilograms) of cargo to geostationary transfer orbit, twice the payload of the Delta II. ...more on Wikipedia about "Delta III rocket"
The Delta IV is a family of rockets built by Boeing IDS in a purpose-built facility in Decatur, Alabama. The rockets were designed for the United States Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. They come in five versions: Medium, Medium+ (4,2), Medium+ (5,2), Medium+ (5,4), and Heavy. These vehicles are primarily designed to satisfy the needs of the U.S. military market. ...more on Wikipedia about "Delta IV rocket"
* Delta rocket (sometimes retroactively called "Delta I") ...more on Wikipedia about "Delta rocket"
The Diamant rocket (diamant is French for " diamond") was the first exclusively French expendable launch system and at the same time the first satellite launcher not built by either USA or USSR. As such it is the main predecessor of all subsequent European launcher projects.
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The Dnipro ( , after the Dnieper River; , Dnepr) is a Ukrainian rocket manufactured by the Yuzhnoe Design Bureau in Dnipropetrovsk. It is an expendable launch system based on converted SS-18 ICBMs. ...more on Wikipedia about "Dnipro launch vehicle"
The United States government–sponsored Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle ( EELV) program was intended to develop affordable alternatives to legacy medium-to-heavy-lift launch vehicles (e.g. Titan, Delta III). The program resulted in the development of two vehicles: ...more on Wikipedia about "EELV"
The Energia (or Energiya, Энергия in Russian) rocket was a Soviet rocket that was designed by NPO Energia to serve as a heavy-lift expendable launch system as well as a booster for the Buran Space Shuttle. It had the capacity to place around 100 metric tons in Low Earth orbit (LEO), although it could have been (but never was) upgraded for heavier payloads comparable to (or even greater than) the LEO capacity of the Saturn V. It was first test-launched in 1987 with the Polyus spacecraft (UKSS military payload), where the Energia itself functioned well, but the Polyus failed to reach orbit due to a malfunction of its own attitude control system after separation from Energia. The only other flight to orbit has been the successful mission in which the unmanned Buran orbiter (space shuttle) was brought to orbit, in 1988. ...more on Wikipedia about "Energia"
The Europa rocket was an early expendable launch system of the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO), which was the precursor to the European Space Agency and its Ariane family of launchers. The program was initiated by the UK and the first launch occurred in August 1967. The Europa program was a total failure. ...more on Wikipedia about "Europa rocket"
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