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Atlas LV-3B

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status
Partial Failure

Mission

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Type: Test Flight

Suborbital flight with the objective of testing the Mercury spacecraft ablative heat shield. The Atlas booster section failed to jettison, leading to a lower apogee. It was nonetheless sufficient to satisfy the Mercury spacecraft team.

Location

Launch Complex 14

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

847 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 14, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas LV-3B – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Family: Atlas
Length: 28.7 m
Diameter: 3 m
Launch Mass: 120 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1360 kg

The Atlas LV-3B was manufactured by National Aeronautics and Space Administration with the first launch on 1960-07-29. Atlas LV-3B has 7 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 10 launches. The Atlas LV-3B, Atlas D Mercury Launch Vehicle or Mercury-Atlas Launch Vehicle, was a human-rated expendable launch system used as part of the United States Project Mercury to send astronauts into low Earth orbit. Manufactured by American aircraft manufacturing company Convair, it was derived from the SM-65D Atlas missile, and was a member of the Atlas family of rockets.

Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Type: Government
Abbreviation: NASA
Administration: Administrator: Bill Nelson
Founded: 1958
Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS
Spacecraft: Orion
Country: USA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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