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Launch Vehicles


Advanced Launch Vehicles - X-33, X-34 and Interplanetary Vehicles

ARIANNE 5 Failure - Full text report on ARIANNE 5 failure

ASTEK Lt Aerospace Russia - Space related company in Russia, launch vehicle and rocket engine design and manufacturing, commercial launch and satellite.

BA-2 Launch Vehicle - Information on Beal Aerospace's liquid-fueled, three-stage heavy lift launcher. The rocket can deliver a 37,400 pound payload into low Earth orbit or into geosynchronous tranfer orbit.

Chariots for Apollo: A History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft - By Courtney G. Brooks. James M. Grimwood and Loyd S. Swenson, Jr.

Churchill Launch Range - Churchill Launch Range is available for rocket launch operations. Site provids facility descriptions, contacts, news releases.

External Tanks in Orbit - The concept that the Space Shuttle's External Tank is a valuable resource which can be used for a variety of on-orbit activities

Kelly Space & Technology - Future looking launch vehicles by private industry

Kistler Launch Vehicle - Private industry developments for a lower cost reuseable launch vehicle

Launch Vehicle Database - Technical characteristics of 30 launch vehicles plus links to that vehicles manufacturers web page.

Launch Vehicles References - Pages for US, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese launch vehicle characteristics.

Minimum Cost Design - Criteria for the design of minimum cost space hardware. Discussions of the Big Dumb Booster launch vehicle and payload application.

Orbital Pegasus - Orbital's three-stage air launched launch vehicle.

Orbital's Launch Vehicles Page - Images and technical information on Orbitals launch vehicles including the delta-winged Pegasus launch vehicle, the Taurus, the smaller suborbital rockets, and the next-generation X-34 reusable launch vehicle.

Project One - The engineering of a rocket for the space access prize.

Resource for Space and Launch Related activities - Simple and easy to use site for accessing information about space and launch related activities.

SOLAR - SOuth LouisiAna Rocketry. Model rocketry club, low, medium & high power launches and fun for the whole family!

Space Transportation - NASA's Pathfinder Program is demonstrating advanced space transportation technologies. Information on the X-33, X-34, and X-37, Space Shuttle upgrades, International Space Station propulsion, and advanced launch concepts and studies.

Space Transportation Programs

Spaceandtech Database - Database of launch vehicle characteristics.

SpaceDev Hybrid Launch Vehicles - SpaceDev's Integrated Space Systems subsidiary consists of former Atlas launch vehicle engineers. Under study are hybrid micro-launch vehicles.

US Launch Manufactors - Purdue Review with links to vehicle manufacturers

What's a rocket? - A rocket history, construction and principles.

X-33 - Photos of X-33 vehicle.

X-34 - The X-34, a single-engine rocket plane. The vehicle is approximately 58 feet long, 28 feet wide at wing tip and 11 feet tall from the bottom of the fuselage to the top of the tail. The X-34 will launch from an L-1011 airliner and will reach altitudes of up to 250,000 feet and travel up to eight times faster than the speed of sound.

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