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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 @AlanStern: Almost done with Pluto data transmissions-- if everything goes as planned we will finish tomorrow! #PlutoFlyby https://t.co/…
@AleshiaK The GOESR launch is now Nov. 16 pending range approval.
Great story about Connor Arend, a 2016 summer intern at ULA. https://t.co/gcq6JLF0HF
Just two days left! Deadline to submit your #ULAChallenge rocket hardware design is Sunday at 2359 UTC/7:59pmEDT.… https://t.co/VHTLSq1oyz
#DYK you can #3Dprint scale models of ULA's rockets? https://t.co/oyzjl7vE0Z #3DThursday
RT @esaoperations: #ExoMars #Schiaparelli descent data decoding underway https://t.co/7YevWQOElL https://t.co/r7VIkJQS4J
Fingers crossed for the #ExoMars lander. https://t.co/yIYDPuDqg1
ULA's Tinesha Ross featured in @WIRED as one of the "heroes fueling the new American space boom." #ULARocketStars https://t.co/7nJfOPixPk
RT @esaoperations: ACQUISITION OF ORBITER SIGNAL! #ESOC hears @ESA_TGO's signal loud & clear after it emerges from behind #Mars #ExoMars ht…
RT @nbatalha: Schiaparelli lander is an entry and descent demonstration to prepare for a 2020 ExoMars rover mission. https://t.co/7WlP3OeJ2u
RT @AmericaMakes: #AMmember @ulalaunch & @Stratasys have teamed up on 3-2-1 Liftoff Challenge. This blog from CEO @torybruno explains: http…
RT @ESA_ExoMars: NOW: Watch livestream for the latest news on #ExoMars @ESA_EDM landing & @ESA_TGO orbit insertion https://t.co/eNaRKzEvKG
RT @esaoperations: At Mars #MarsExpress is now powering up its main transmitter ready to beam the @ESA_EDM landing recording back to Earth…
RT @pbdes: ESA's Ferri: Very happy India antenna picked up lander signal. But too weak to confirm, not well positioned, as expected. Mars E…
Are you following the @ESA_EDM progress as it lands on Mars? #ExoMars https://t.co/MFwMQKexEz
RT @Stratasys: .@ulalaunch Challenges @GrabCAD to Help Transform the Future of Space Launch https://t.co/uVyJumjHKX
Meet some of the #ULARocketStars behind the scenes at our Launch Operations team. https://t.co/iPXBLC3Vg4
ICYMI @torybruno blog post: ULA challenges @GrabCAD to help transform the future of space launch #ULAChallenge… https://t.co/IzSGmoEIde
@leacasa @Cosmic_Carol @JPMajor The Eastern Range is like air traffic control for rockets launching from Florida. @45thSpaceWing
@DragonWindow @dlandinglegs WorldView-4 date is still pending.
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