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The Versatile Taurus
02.18.09
 
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The Taurus rocket, built by Orbital Sciences, is designed to be cost-effective, adaptable and dependable.

This four-stage vehicle relies on all solid propellants to boost satellites weighing up to 3,000 pounds into low-Earth orbit.

Spacecraft heading to interplanetary destinations can also be accommodated.

Taurus is a ground-based version of the Pegasus, Orbital Sciences' highly reliable air-launched vehicle.

Part of the rocket's appeal is its ability to carry and deploy single or dual payloads.

The Taurus system is designed for easy transport and comes with its own set of ground support equipment.

And that means streamlined integration and testing, and quick assembly at the launch site.

With these special features, the Taurus rocket is a versatile new option for NASA's Launch Services Program.

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