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  atlas - Definitions from Dictionary.com
After the defeat of the Titans by Zeus, Atlas was condemned to support the Earth and sky on his shoulders for eternity.
In Greek legend Atlas was a Titan who took part in the revolt against the gods.
Atlas was usually represented as a human figure bearing the heavens or the celestial globe upon his shoulders.
dictionary.reference.com /search?q=atlas   (768 words)

 Facts about topic: (Atlas (rocket))   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Atlas was suggested for use by the United States Air Force (The airforce of the United States of America; defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space) in what became known as Project Vanguard (additional info and facts about Project Vanguard).
Atlas, named for the Atlas (A collection of maps in book form) of Greek mythology (The mythology of the ancient Greeks), got its start in 1946 with the award of a Army Air Forces research contract to Convair (additional info and facts about Convair) for the study of a 1,500 to 5,000 mi.
Atlas is almost unique in its use of balloon tanks for fuel, made of very thin stainless steel (Steel containing chromium that makes it resistant to corrosion) with minimal or no rigid support structures.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/a/at/atlas_(rocket).htm   (1083 words)

 Atlas V rocket - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Atlas V family uses a single-stage Atlas main engine, the Russian RD-180 and the newly developed Common Core Booster (CCB) with up to five strap-on solid rocket boosters.
On Atlas V, in addition to the classic 4-meter payload fairing used since the Atlas II, Lockheed Martin introduced a 5-meter (4.57 meters usable) Contraves payload fairing.
The second digit is the number of solid rocket boosters attached to the base of the rocket, and can number anywhere from zero through three with the 4-m fairing and zero through five with the 5-m fairing.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Atlas_V_rocket   (777 words)

 Atlas rocket - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Atlas rocket
NASA engineers called the rocket a ‘gasbag’ because its thin stainless steel sections had to be pressurized by helium gas to prevent their collapse.
Atlas rockets, using a liquid oxygen fuel, launched US astronauts into orbit during the Mercury project (1961–63).
The Atlas-Agena rocket launched the Mariner spacecraft, and in 1965 and 1966 the Atlas rocket placed the Agena rocket in orbit as a docking target for Gemini spacecraft.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Atlas+rocket   (315 words)

 Launch of U.S. spy satellite aboard Atlas rocket delayed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket is being disassembled and removed from a Cape Canaveral launch pad this week after its clandestine spy satellite payload was grounded until December due to a classified problem.
The new rocket, an Atlas 2A with no solid rocket motors, is slated for launch on May 3 to carry the advanced GOES-L weather satellite into orbit for NOAA and NASA.
The Atlas launch team plans to conduct a simulated flight test of the Atlas 3 on March 16 and a countdown dress rehearsal in which the rocket is fueled on March 23.
cndyorks.gn.apc.org /caab/articles/atlas.htm   (548 words)

 Atlas (rocket) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Atlas was originally developed by the Convair company for the USAF with work on an intermediate range missle beginning in 1947.
Atlas is rare in its use of balloon tanks for fuel, made of very thin stainless steel with minimal or no rigid support structures.
However, when the Atlas missile was being developed, there were considerable doubts as to whether or not a rocket motor could be ignited in space.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Atlas_(rocket)   (1217 words)

 SPACE.com -- Final Atlas 2 Rocket Orbits Classified U.S. Satellite
It was the final launch for the Atlas 2, capping 13 years of service for the Lockheed Martin-built booster with a 100 percent success rate.
The Atlas 2AS is the third of a rocket trio making up the Atlas 2 launch vehicle family, which also includes the Atlas 2 and Atlas 2A boosters.
Atlas 2AS was the most powerful of its rocket siblings despite their identical 155-foot (47-meter) length, and launched payloads weighing up to 8,200 pounds (3,719 kilograms).
www.space.com /missionlaunches/atlas2as_launch_040831.html   (785 words)

 rocket engines, inter-net.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
I've often thought of attaching rocket engines to a remote controlled car, i did once attach rockets to a small boat i built, turned out to not move a boat.
However, the propulsion device of a rocket can be called either a rocket motor or a rocket engine, and usage here seems not to have settled on one or the.
FAQ Rocket Performance - Level 3 At the end of this block of study, you should be able to: Give the definition of a rocket Explain Newton's first, second and third laws Explain about rocket engines.
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 N1 rocket
The Russian moon rocket program was first led by Sergei Korolev until his death in 1966 and later by Vasily Mishin.
The overall rocket system actually bore the designation N1-L3: N1 was the boost rocket, while the L3 was mounted on top for the trip to lunar orbit and, it was hoped, lunar landing.
Unfortunately, it was also the most complex Soviet rocket ever produced, and in the rush to production, its NK-33 rocket motors (of which it carried over 30, see photo) were never ground tested in combination, only as individual units.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/n/n1/n1_rocket.html   (548 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Atlas Launch Report | Mission Status Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Based on the Atlas rocket's trajectory and the visual sighting of two satellites flying in close formation, all evidence points to this launch deploying the third in the current generation of craft for the Naval Ocean Surveillance System, or NOSS.
The rocket is now 810 miles northeast of the launch pad at an altitude of 262 miles and traveling at a velocity of over 15,000 feet per second.
The farewell launch of Atlas rockets from Cape Canaveral's Complex 36 is poised for blastoff at 2:41 a.m.
www.spaceflightnow.com /atlas/ac206/status.html   (5537 words)

 The Evolution of Rockets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The military's rockets were larger and more ambitious, and the A2 which flew in 1934 developed a thrust of 16000 newton.
Of the mass of the Atlas missile, built in the 1950s and used by the first astronauts, about 97% was fuel.
Because the fuel tank was so light, the Atlas only dropped two of its rocket engines at the end of the first stage of its flight, and like the shuttle continued on a third.
www-istp.gsfc.nasa.gov /stargaze/Srockhis.htm   (1506 words)

 Spaceflight :Atlas
The basic Atlas vehicle, remarkably unchanged almost 50 years after its inception, is a 1½ stage liquid-propellant launch vehicle consisting of a booster section and a sustainer section, a unique configuration that enables the missile to launch itself into orbit.
rocket engine in the sustainer section and the twin rocket engines in the booster section all ignite at liftoff to propel the vehicle for the first two minutes of flight; after which the two booster section engines are jettisoned as the single sustainer engine continues to burn and carries the vehicle into space.
Atlas model D, E, and F ICBMs, outfitted with nuclear warheads, were deployed at Air Force bases throughout the United States, stored vertically in underground silos and raised by elevators to an above-ground position for launch.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/SPACEFLIGHT/Atlas/SP10.htm   (1696 words)

 Spaceflight Now
With a booming burst of fire and smoke, a Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket began its journey toward orbit from the tranquil Pacific Ocean Feb. 15 on a mission to deploy a communications satellite that will become part of DISH Network's space-based broadcasting system.
A first-class, four-ton Earth remote sensing satellite was orbited by Japan on Tuesday, setting off on a mission to help cartographers create more precise maps on a global scale, scientists in their search for natural resources and officials in response to disasters.
A supercharged Atlas 5 rocket carrying NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe roared to life and vaulted away from Earth Jan. 19 on a three-billion-mile, nine-year voyage to the frigid edge of the solar system.
spaceflightnow.com /mission   (802 words)

 Atlas V Family   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Atlas V launch vehicles provide significantly enhanced capabilities with use of a structurally stable booster stage powered by the RD-180 engine system.
Solid rocket boosters enable the Atlas to flexibly and competitively meet varied performance requirements for missions from low-Earth orbit to geosynchronous orbit.
The Atlas V is launched from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
www.ilslaunch.com /atlas/atlasv   (596 words)

 ILS: International Launch Services   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Atlas V, produced by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., is the latest generation in a long line of reliable rockets.
Atlas V is the first to fly of the next-generation launch vehicles designed to meet the needs of the U.S. Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program as well as the global commercial satellite market.
ILS' Atlas rockets and their Centaur upper stages are built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. -- Astronautics Operations at facilities in Denver, Colo.; Harlingen, Texas; and San Diego, Calif. The three-stage Proton and the available Breeze M upper stage are produced by Khrunichev at its factory near Moscow.
www.ilslaunch.com /newsarchives/newsreleases/rec197   (689 words)

 CNN.com - Atlas rocket soars on maiden flight - August 21, 2002
The Atlas 5, intended to carry twice the capacity of previous Atlases, lifted off in the evening sky from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a European-built telecommunications satellite.
The inaugural Atlas 5 is a no-frills model with two stages, one powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene, another fueled by liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.
A glut of other new-generation rockets completed or in the works, along with a weak satellite launch market in the coming years, could mean fewer Atlases are built to recoup development costs, according to commercial aerospace officials.
edition.cnn.com /2002/TECH/space/08/21/atlas.launch.hfr   (384 words)

 CNN.com - Launch of new Atlas rocket set today - August 21, 2002
The Atlas 5, which uses Russian-built engines in the first of two stages, is expected to lift off between 6:05 p.m.
The next-generation rocket was built at the behest of the U.S. Air Force, which sought a more powerful launch vehicle to send payloads into space.
Previous Atlas rockets have flown 60 times without a hitch over the past nine years.
archives.cnn.com /2002/TECH/space/08/21/atlas.rocket   (258 words)

 General Dynamics Atlas Launch Vehicles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Atlas rocket was developed by the U.S. Air Force to be the nation's first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of boosting a nuclear warhead to any target on earth.
The liquid-fueled Atlas served as one of the primary ballistic missiles until it was phased out of strategic missile service in 1965.
The Atlas also became the launch vehicle for the Project Mercury manned orbital flights, Project PRIME, the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, Ranger, Mariner, Pioneer 10, Lunar Orbiter, the Surveyor spacecraft, and a variety of other military and civilian projects.
www.wpafb.af.mil /museum/space_flight/sf23.htm   (322 words)

 Atlas Rocket   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The completed ILS launches utilized various configurations of the Atlas rocket, which extended its string of successful flights to 77, and four flights with...
Atlas rocket to launch ASTRA 1KR satellite in April
ILS markets launch missions on Lockheed Martin's Atlas rocket and the Khrunichev-built Proton vehicle to satellite operators worldwide.
www.wikiverse.org /atlas-rocket   (972 words)

 USATODAY.com - Atlas rocket lofts U.S. spy satellite   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The launch was the sixth and final mission for the 170-foot Atlas 3 rocket, which has been replaced by the Atlas 5, a larger, more powerful rocket designed to reduce costs and provide reliable access to space for heavier military cargoes.
Shortly after Thursday's liftoff, Atlas officials marked the end of the complex's use with a ceremony that was capped off by a symbolic shutdown of the lights at the pad.
The rockets are assembled in a nearby building and rolled to the pad on a mobile launch platform, dramatically decreasing the amount of time the rockets sit exposed on the pad.
www.usatoday.com /tech/science/space/2005-02-03-atlas-3-launch_x.htm   (444 words)

 Mercury Atlas rocket   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
This is a Mercury Atlas rocket (officially designated the Atlas LV-3 B).
It is an Atlas D missile modified for Project Mercury launches.
The Atlas is still in service, with The Atlas II, Atlas III, and Atlas V family of vehicles being manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
www.robsv.com /cape/c14lv.html   (223 words)

 ILS: International Launch Services   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Since the launch of the first Atlas launch vehicle in 1957, 588 flights have occurred with a solid success rate that has made Atlas one of the premier launch systems in the world and the workhorse of the U.S. space program.
Atlas is the only launch system with continuous first flight mission success history - 6 for 6 in only 12 years with the first four occuring between 1990 and 1993.
The Atlas launch vehicles are manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space Systems at its facilities in Denver, Colorado; Harlingen, Texas; and San Diego, California.
www.ilslaunch.com /atlas   (174 words)

 Enhanced version of Atlas 5 rocket debuts successfully
The earlier two Atlas 5 missions were based on the 400-series configuration that is distinguished by the "four" meter nose cone.
The debut appeared flawless as the rocket delivered its commercial cargo -- the Rainbow 1 direct-to-home TV spacecraft -- into the proper orbit to mark the 66th straight success for the Atlas family since 1993.
Three video cameras mounted to various locations on the rocket beamed back stunning views during launch, but arguably the most remarkable scene was captured from a upward-facing camera on the discarded first stage as the Centaur soared toward the flness of space on the glowing power of its Pratt and Whitney RL10 cryogenic engine.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/948615/posts   (1662 words)

 Atlas (rocket) - Wikimedia Commons
Atlas Centaur (#50) with Pioneer Venus Orbiter, Cape Canaveral (1978)
Atlas V 401 rocket launches the MRO Spaceprobe to the Planet Mars.
One of five Solid Rocket Booster on a Truck bevor it is attached to an Atlas V 551.
commons.wikimedia.org /wiki/Atlas_(Rocket)   (410 words)

 Atlas rocket launches in defiance of Mother Nature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Atlas II series also has lower-cost electronics, an improved flight computer and longer propellant tanks than its predecessor, Atlas I, which was originally developed for commercial users in the late 1980s.
The Atlas IIA is a modification of the Atlas G launch vehicle.
Atlas Propulsion is provided by a Rocketdyne liquid rocket engine set which consists of two booster engines and one sustainer engine.
www.losangeles.af.mil /SMC/PA/Releases/nr980201.htm   (813 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Atlas Launch Report | Atlas rocket family extends launch success record
Riding on its mobile launching platform, the Atlas 5 rocket is rolled from its assembly building to the launch pad at Complex 41 just hours before the scheduled liftoff time carrying AMC 16.
The Atlas 2AS rocket flight was the last to launch from the pad, which entered service in 1962.
Lockheed Martin designed the Atlas 5 family to incorporate various configurations, allowing each rocket and its specific payload to be paired together with just the right amount of power.
www.spaceflightnow.com /atlas/av004   (1884 words)

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