SM-65E Atlas – Convair Family: Atlas The SM-65E Atlas was manufactured by Convair with the first launch on 1960-10-11. SM-65E Atlas has 0 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 0 launches. The SM-65E Atlas, or Atlas-E, was an operational variant of the Atlas missile. It first flew on 11 October 1960, and was deployed as an operational ICBM from September 1961 until April 1966. Following retirement as an ICBM, the Atlas-E, along with the Atlas-F, was refurbished for orbital launches as the Atlas E/F. 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.