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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.
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RT @OrbitalATK: "We are very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn." - @Thom_astro #Cygnus @Space_Station
RT @OrbitalATK: Capture confirmed! #Cygnus @Space_Station
RT @ShuttleAlmanac: LIVE - @OrbitalATK's #Cygnus #OA7 is approaching the #ISS awaiting final move to capture now! https://t.co/7eDOljC1pE
RT @OrbitalATK: We are GO for capture of S.S. John Glenn #Cygnus! https://t.co/zYicUtR7M5
RT @cbs_spacenews: A5/OA7: Cygnus now holding at capture point; range: 12 meters; standing by for capture
Watch LIVE as @OrbitalATK's #Cygnus prepares for grappling and berthing at the @Space_Station… https://t.co/wBGts3xUws
RT @OrbitalATK: #Cygnus is GO for final approach to @Space_Station. SS John Glenn is now approaching its capture point of 10 meters away fr…
After 13 years on the red planet, Mars rover Opportunity to explore Perseverance Valley @MarsRovers https://t.co/GzF1CXr4Bm #GoOppyGo!
RT @NASAKennedy: The @OrbitalATK CRS-7 #Cygnus spacecraft will arrive at @Space_Station approx. 6:05 a.m. ET on Sat. April 22. Watch: https…
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@Astro_Zach Aw thank you.
#FlashbackFriday to #AtlasV with #OA7 on the launch pad earlier this week. @OrbitalATK's #Cygnus will berth at the… https://t.co/MXrwTQBZCP
Exciting to see #VulcanCentaur begin to take shape in the factory! First launch in 2019. https://t.co/15rHUXxgGb
RT @NASA_LSP: #LandSat-8 launched as LDCM on an #AtlasV 401 on Feb 11, 2013. Today it studies land and resource use. @NASA_Landsat @USGSLan…
@torybruno @TheLonlyGuy_ Here's a link to the library -- you also can get there by selecting "Multimedia" from the… https://t.co/f6jBzgxMYY
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@greekLuis Berting is on Saturday.
RT @CasaniJohn: Half the fun is dad in @TheFarthestFilm @Tribeca 2nd half is @ulalaunch heritage vehicle launched @NASAVoyager https://t.co…
RT @EmoryWhitted: @torybruno thanks for taking us out to lunch! It was a blast (pun intended) @ulalaunch https://t.co/UxusMsjtpV
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