Big Joe 1

Overview

Destination: Suborbital
Mission: Test Flight

Suborbital Launch Complex 14 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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.

Atlas LV-3B

Family: Atlas
Configuration: LV-3B

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.

Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    28.7 m
  • Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    4.9 m
  • Launch Mass
    120 T
  • Thrust
    1300 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas LV-3B
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    LV-3B
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas LV-3B
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    1360 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Administrator: Bill Nelson Founded: 1958 Successes: 53 Failures: 8 Pending: 7

Agency Type: Government

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.

INFO WIKI

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Launch Complex 14


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