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Space Launch notes

This page contains information regarding launches and launch systems. Most references are to western nations since there is most information and exposure available to that. This page is far from complete and should be considdered as a personal notebook.

Launch Schedules

Rocket Families

Overview:

Notable:

Saturn V - Proposed successors https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_V#Proposed_successors

Space Ports

Overview:


Interesting references

Space (launch) Organisations

Common list (incl. manufacturers)

  • ULA (United Launch Alliance)
  • Space X
  • Arianespace
  • Orbital ATK (since 2015 Orbital Sciences Corporation + Alliant Techsystems)
  • Blue Origin
  • many more...

Space Stats

  • Orbits (orbit diagram, List of orbits)
    • LEO 200-2000Km (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_Earth_orbit)
      • Sun Synchronous Orbit, 600-800Km
      • Polar orbit, 700-1700Km
      • ISS, 400Km
      • Hubble, 540Km
    • MEO, 2000-35786Km
      • Inner Van Allen belt, 2000-5000Km
      • GPS is at 20350Km in a Semi Synchronous Orbit every 12h (2x/day)
    • GEO/GSO, 35786Km
    • HEO (High Earth Orbit), 35786Km
    • Moon, 384000Km
  • Speeds
    • Mach 1 = 1235 Km/h

Glossary

  • STS = Space Transportation System. reusable manned space vehicles beyond the Apollo Program, aka Space Shuttle Program.
  • CRS = Commercial Resupply Services (to ISS) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_Resupply_Services
  • (S)LC = (Space) Launch Complex (@CCAFS or @KSC)
  • VAB = Vehicle Assembly Building
  • MES = Main Engine Start
  • MECO = Main Engine Cut-Off (SECO = Second Engine Cut-Off)
  • Delta-v = Change in velocity
  • FT - Full Thrust
  • NRO = US government customer (National Reconnaissance Office) with usually top secret payloads.
  • LOS = Loss of Signal – a phrase used during launch when communication with the vehicle is temporarily lost (might be normal, wait for AOS)
  • AOS = Acquisition of Signal
  • RUD – Rapid Unplanned/Unscheduled Disassembly – rocket speak for catastrophic failure
  • LOM = Loss of Mission – The mission failing irrecoverably, often due to the the launch vehicle failing/exploding
  • LOV = Loss of Vehicle – Mission failure due to launch vehicle failure
  • more https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/wiki/acronyms, https://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/technology/sts-newsref/stsover-acronyms.html
  • SRB = Solid Rocket Boosters
  • LOx / LO2 / LH2 = liquid oxygen / liquid hydrogen propellant
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