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A typical rocket produces more than a million pounds of thrust that allows it to carry more than 6,000 pounds at speeds topping 22,000 miles per hour. This is equivalent to the power generated by 13 Hoover Dams, carrying the weight of eight horses, and traveling at speeds 15 times faster than a speeding bullet!
Together, Atlas and Delta rockets have launched more than 1,300 missions.
The race to the moon relied on the highly successful flights of Atlas. In 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit when an Atlas launched his Friendship 7 spacecraft.
In January of 2006, Atlas V set a new world record during the launch of the New Horizons mission, for the fastest spacecraft at time of leaving Earth’s atmosphere – more than 36,000 miles per hour. At this speed, it would only take 41 minutes and 44 seconds to go around the Earth’s Equator, which is 24,902 miles. The spacecraft reached a top speed of 47,000 miles per hour. A flight from Denver to New York would only take 2 minutes and 16 seconds at that rate.
A Delta II can launch a satellite that’s the equivalent weight of a Mercedes S500 sedan (approximately 4,200 lbs.). An Atlas V or Delta IV can launch a satellite that’s the equivalent weight of a Humvee (approximately 6,500 lbs.). As the largest launch vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy can launch a satellite that’s the equivalent weight of a semi-truck (approximately 29,000 lbs.).
To date, more than 220 separate spacecraft have been launched by the dependable Delta II.
Delta II has nearly a 99 percent mission success rate in its 25-year history, dating back to its debut launch on Feb. 14, 1989.
The Atlas V mobile launch platform (MLP), which transports the rocket from the vertical integration facility (VIF) to the launch pad, weighs 1.34 million pounds. It takes the MLP about 30 minutes to roll the 1,800 feet from VIF to pad.
As recently as the IIAS version, the Atlas vehicle contained structural parts made out of wood. Fairleads, which are tube supports along the side of the booster tank, were machined out of Fir, a type of wood governed by a Mil Spec.
ULA’s Decatur, Alabama, production facility is 1.6 million square feet. Both Atlas and Delta launch vehicles are produced at the facility.
The Delta Mariner, the large cargo ship that transports vehicle hardware from the Decatur, Ala., factory to the launch sites, is 312 feet long. Traveling from Decatur, along the Tennessee River to the open ocean, it takes approximately 8 days to transport hardware to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and 21 days to get to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
An Atlas V 500 series vehicle stands 205 feet tall – that’s almost 19 stories.
On Dec. 18, 1958, an entire Atlas B booster orbited the Earth carrying a tape-recorded Christmas greeting from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Enos the chimp flew into space onboard a Mercury Atlas-5 (a mercury capsule on an Atlas D booster) on November 29, 1961. He completed his first orbit in 1 hour and 28.5 minutes.
Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) carried John Glenn into orbit on February 20, 1962, for three earth orbits. John Glenn, became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Mercury spacecraft, named Friendship 7, was carried to orbit by an Atlas LV-3B launch vehicle lifting off from Space Launch Complex-14 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Intern Rocket - Next Launch
RT @NatReconOfc: The #AtlasV stands 196 feet tall or about 20 stories and weighs more than 1 million pounds fully fueled. #NROL42 https://t…
@Surtur Well, you can watch the full launch broadcast replay on YouTube, or just enjoy the highlights.
ULA's #AtlasV #NROL42 will launch at 10:38pmPT TONIGHT! Live broadcast at 10:18pmPT Hands up if you'll be watching!… https://t.co/jTDxURURbK
@thatspacegeek @torybruno @NASAJPL Considering the launch time, #launchcoffee will be a popular beverage!
ULA's #AtlasV is set to launch #NROL42 for @NatReconOfc Sept 21 at 10:38pmPT. Mission profile video: https://t.co/GD7wBR2XYE
ULA Launch Readiness Review is complete! #AtlasV set to launch #NROL42 on Sept 21! Launch is planned for 10:38pmPT… https://t.co/40PHdVN7Kw
RT @NatReconOfc: #NROL42 is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 3, VAFB, Ca., tomorrow. @ulalaunch https://t.co/bDbUIxnHDy
Shiver me timbers! Weather for the Sept. 21 voyage of the #AtlasV with #NROL42 be 60% favorable. https://t.co/fJIk88EMwQ #TalkLikeAPirate
@CrpnterJe 'Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Avast! Did ye ken ye can make yer own #AtlasV, #DeltaIV, #DeltaII & #VulcanCentaur? https://t.co/oyzjl7e39r #TalkLikeAPirateDay #3DPrinting
RT @JoeWBowles: Ahoy ye Old Salts, Cap'n @torybruno and his crew from @ulalaunch will be launching. Watch or ye will be keelhauled. #TalkLi…
@julia_bergeron @NatReconOfc Aye! 'Tis a worthy vessel.
Ahoy mateys! On Thursday the #AtlasV be settin’ sail to space! #NROL42. @NatReconOfc. #TalkLikeAPirateDay… https://t.co/OqrAGlPu24
RT @JPMajor: Image of beautiful and giant #Jupiter from @NASAJuno acquired on Sept. 1, 2017 https://t.co/aeVb4wZpqX
RT @usairforce: On this day 70 years ago, the #AirForce became an official branch of the United States military! Happy #AFBday to our #Tota…
Happy 70th birthday to the @usairforce - #BreakingBarriers since 1947. #AFBday https://t.co/1ZNSWWK66U
@DutraWeather @JBAAirShow @AmberCOBrien Was going to suggest your wife be the first person to contact, but...
@ChrisNapoli97 @JBAAirShow You can order them at https://t.co/BvTIPrAJo6.
@John_Gardi @torybruno @JBAAirShow These are 1:20th scale.
The calm before @JBAAirShow. Come see us in Hangar 2 and take a pic with #AtlasV, #DeltaIV and #VulcanCentaur! https://t.co/vYkYzkMwrJ
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