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Taurus

Background Information
First Launch:
March 1994
Flight Rate:
1-2 per year (projected)
Launch Site:
mobile pad (VAFB)
Capability:
2,100 lb (200 nmi polar)

History

  • Development program began in June 1989
  • DARPA contracted with Orbital Sciences Corporation for one demonstration launch with options for 4 more launches

Description

  • Four-stage solid launch vehicle
  • Stage 0 Thiokol Peacekeeper first stage generates 495,400 lb of thrust at liftoff
  • Stage 1 Alliant Techsystems solid rocket motor generates 109,140 lb of thrust
  • Stage 2 solid rocket motor generates 26,900 lb of thrust
  • Stage 3 solid rocket motor generates 7,200 lb of thrust

Profile

Length:
90.25 ft
Launch Weight:
180,000 lb
Diameter:
7.7 ft (Stage 0)
Liftoff Thrust:
347,800 lb
Payload Fairing:
14.3 X 5.3 ft

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