Some brief notes on some launchers. There are many better sites on launchers around.
Start out looking through the links here
- Atlas, Lockheed/Martin.
- Ariane, European Space Agency
- Built by Arianespace, launched from Centre Spacial Guianaise (C.S.G), Kourou, French
Guyana, South America. The Ariane 4 is the current launcher, and provides 8-9 launches per
year. The Ariane 5 heavy lift vehicle is expected to replace the Ariane 4 after its test
flights in 1996 and 1997. Several configurations of strap-on liquid and solid boosters
provide capability for equatorial and polar launches. AR40, AR42P (two solid boosters),
AR44P (four solid boosters), AR42L (two liquid boosters) and AR44L (four liquid boosters).
The payload compartment accomodates a dual spacecraft launch in addition to the ASAP.
- ASLV, India.
- Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle.
- Conestoga, EER Systems.
- Cosmos, AKO POLYOT, Omsk, Russia
- Marketed by COSMOS USA outside the CIS.
- Delta, McDonnell Douglas
Delta Lite (being considered)
Delta III (being considered)
- Converted SS-18 missile
- See Rockot
- LMLV (LLV), Lockheed/Martin
- LMLV-1 (LLV)
LMLV-3 (being considered)
- Long March, China Great Wall Industry
Corp., Beijing, P.R. China
- Chang Zheng series[CZ-2C picture]
- Pegasus, Orbital Sciences Corp.
- Proton, Khrunichev State Research and
Production Space Center, Moscow, Russia
- Rockot, Khrunichev
- Marketed by Eurockot Launch Services GmbH (that's Khrunichev and DASA) as Eurokot with a
demonstrated capacity of 75kg to LEO. To be launched from Baikonur and Svobodnya. Rockot
is an SS-19 ICBM with a new "Breeze" upper stage. It is to have an 1800kg
capacity into low orbit. Eurockot will be financed partly by DASA and partly by Russia
providing services to the new company in exchange for it assuming part of Russia's debt to
the German government.
- Shavit, Israel Aircraft Industry Inc.
- Three solid propelant stages.
- A refurbished Russian SS25, based on an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile.
- STS, Rockwell
- Taurus, Orbital Sciences Corp.
Taurus XL (being considered)
- Titan, Lockheed/Martin
- Based on the SS-25 missile.