SM-65D Atlas – Convair Family: Atlas meters Length: 25.15 meters Diameter: 3 meters Launch Mass: 119 Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1400 The SM-65D Atlas was manufactured by Convair with the first launch on 1959-04-14. SM-65D Atlas has 0 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 0 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. Manufacturer Convair, previously Consolidated Vultee, was an American aircraft manufacturing company that later expanded into rockets and spacecraft. The company was formed in 1943 by the merger of Consolidated Aircraft and Vultee Aircraft. In 1953 it was purchased by General Dynamics, and operated as their Convair Division for most of its corporate history. Convair is a Commercial USA entity that was founded in 1943 and is administered by . Convair has 0 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 0 launches.