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A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s InSight mission to Mars lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Cal...

Atlas V InSight

United Launch Alliance will launch NASA's InSight mission to Mars atop ULA's Atlas V rocket.

InSight, Mars Cube One 1 & Mars Cube One 2

Overview

Destination: Heliocentric N/A
Mission: Planetary Science

Heliocentric N/A Space Launch Complex 3E Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA Probability: 100% #InSight

InSight is a robotic Mars lander designed to study the interior and subsurface of Mars, which would in turn help scientists to understand the Earth and Solar System history. Two 6U CubeSats will piggyback with the InSight mission to help relay communications during the probe's entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phase.

Atlas V 401

Family:
Configuration: 401

An Atlas V with a 4 meter diameter fairing, no boosters and a single centaur upper stage engine.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    58.3 m
  • Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    4.2 m
  • Launch Mass
    590 T
  • Thrust
    3827 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas V 401
  • Family
  • Variant
    401
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas V 401
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $115000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    9050 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    4950 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    6670 kg


In-active Cargo Unmanned
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United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance

(ULA)

CEO: Tory Bruno Founded: 2006 Successes: 161 Failures: 0 Pending: 45

Agency Type:

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.

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