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Space Launch notes

Space Capable "Countries"

Space (launch) Organisations

Common list

  • ULA (United Launch Alliance)
  • Space X
  • Arianespace

Rocket Families

Overview:

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

Space Ports

Overview:

Launch Schedules

Other references

Abbreviations

  • 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

Specifications

  • Falcon 9
    • engines
    • stages
  • Falcon Heavy
  • Atlas V
    • upper stage Centaur rocket with American-built RL10 engine burning LO2 & LH2 as fuel.
    • first stage with Russian-built RD-180 engine burning kerosene & LO2 as fuel.
      • first stage assist strap-on SRB boosters.
  • Ariane 5
  • 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
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