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SM-65D Atlas – Convair

  • Family: Atlas
  • Length: 25.15 m
  • Diameter: 3 m
  • Launch Mass: 119 T
  • Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1400 kg

The SM-65D Atlas was manufactured by Convair with the first launch on 1959-04-14. SM-65D Atlas has 6 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 9 launches. The SM-65D Atlas, or Atlas D, was the first operational version of the U.S. Atlas missile. Atlas D was first used as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to deliver a nuclear weapon payload on a suborbital trajectory. It was later developed as a launch vehicle to carry a payload to low Earth orbit on its own, and later to geosynchronous orbit, to the Moon, Venus, or Mars with the Agena or Centaur upper stage.

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