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Related Sites - Launch Vehicles
July 12, 2011

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> The Rockets Behind the Missions - NASA's Vehicle Fleet
Learn how NASA decides which Expendable Launch Vehicles to use.

> Launch Archives (1999-2014)
Check out detailed information about the spacecraft and launch vehicles that have taken important scientific missions into Earth's orbit and to the outer reaches of our solar system.

> H-II - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, also referred to as JAXA
This site focuses on the H-II rocket that launches from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

> Progress - Russian
Read about the Progress resupply vehicle, an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft used to bring supplies and fuel to the International Space Station.

> Soyuz - Russian
This site tells about the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which can take crew members to and from the International Space Station.

> Space Shuttle Fleet
Read about the space shuttle orbiters that launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center from 1981-2011.

> SpaceX
This site explains the use of the SpaceX family of launch vehicles to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space.

> Atlas V - Countdown 101
Learn about the Atlas V booster family and the steps that it takes to launch the rocket.

> Delta II - Countdown 101
Learn about the Delta II and the steps that it takes to launch the rocket.

> Delta IV - Countdown 101
Learn about the launch of a Delta IV rocket that can place spacecraft in polar, sun-synchronous, geosynchronous, geosynchronous transfer and low Earth orbits.

> Delta Rocket Family Celebrates 50 Years of Durability
This site discusses the Delta rocket, which has reached 348 liftoffs and counting.

> Athena Launch History
This site has information about the Athena rocket, a core component of the Lockheed Martin Astronautics family of launch vehicles.

> Pegasus - Countdown 101
Learn about Pegasus, a winged, three-stage solid propellant rocket that can launch a satellite into low Earth orbit.

> Pegasus - Going My Way, Friend?
Find out how the Pegasus rocket reaches space without a launch pad.

> Sounding Rockets - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
Read about the ten different sounding rocket vehicles that NASA's Sounding Rockets Program Office launches.

> Taurus XL - Countdown 101
Learn about the Taurus XL and the steps that it takes to launch the rocket.

> Emerging Technologies May Fuel Revolutionary Launcher
As NASA studies possibilities for the next launcher to the stars, an early proposal has emerged that calls for a wedge-shaped aircraft with scramjets to be launched horizontally on an electrified track or gas-powered sled.




Launch Vehicles - Historical

> Origins of NASA Launch Vehicle Names
This site includes designations of launch vehicles and major vehicle stages that are used or have been used in the past by NASA.

> Countdown! NASA Launch Vehicles and Facilities
Learn about space launch vehicles, propellants, facilities and launch pads used by NASA.

> Explorer - America's First Spacecraft
Find out about Explorer, which launched Jan. 31, 1958, and ushered the United States into the Space Age.

> The First Space Shuttle Mission - The Flight of STS-1
Read about the historic flight of the STS-1 mission that launched on April 12, 1981, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

> Mercury Redstone
Read about the Mercury Redstone rocket that launched Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom on suborbital flights.

> Centaur: America's Workhorse in Space
Learn how the Centaur rocket has been used to boost satellites into orbit and propel probes into space.

> Centaur Is No Longer the Bridesmaid
This article explains how Centaur launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, better known as LCROSS.

> Scout Launch Vehicle Program
This fact sheet discusses Scout, an acronym for Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test system, a four-stage solid fuel satellite system capable of launching a 385-pound satellite into a 500-mile orbit.

> Titan Rocket Gallery
This site allows you to view and download images of variations of the Titan rocket.
 

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A diagram comparing the size of 11 launch vehicles
NASA uses several launch vehicles to carry payloads to Earth orbit and beyond.
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