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RSLP

Background Information
Program:
Rocket System Launch Program (RSLP)
First Launch:
4rd Quarter FY 1996
Flight Rate:
TBD
Launch Site:
VAFB, USA and CCAFS, USA
Capability:
300 LB to Polar Orbit

History

  • Minuteman ICBM began launching in early 1960ís
  • 450 ICBM missiles are being retired with a 20 year 98% success rate
  • Use of these boosters is consistent with Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) guidelines.
  • RSLP received itís SECDEF charter in 1972 and has over 500 successful launches since 1962
  • Minuteman will be operational beyond 2010

Description

  • Three-stage Minuteman ICBM launched above ground
  • Contains a Velocity Control System to circularize orbit and provide final atitude control
  • Stage 1 Thiokol solid rocket motor generating 178,200 lb of thrust
  • Stage 2 Aerojet Solid rocket motor generating 60,300 lb of thrust
  • Stage 3 United Technologies solid rocket motor generates 34,200 lb thrust

Profile

Length:
72 ft
Launch Weight:
75,400 lb
Diameter:
5.5 ft( Stage 1)
Liftoff Thrust:
178,200 lb
Payload Fairing:
12.5 x 3.3 ft

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