Project Kuiper (Vulcan #1)

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 41 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Project Kuiper is a mega constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit that will offer broadband internet access, this constellation will be managed by Kuiper Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon. This constellation is planned to be composed of 3,276 satellites. The satellites are projected to be placed in 98 orbital planes in three orbital layers, one at 590 km, 610 km and 630 km altitude. 45 satellites will be carried on each Vulcan launch.

Vulcan VC6L

Family: Vulcan
Configuration: VC6L

Vulcan Centaur is a two-stage-to-orbit, heavy-lift launch vehicle under development by United Launch Alliance (ULA) since 2014. It is principally designed to meet launch demands for the U.S. government's National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program for use by the United States Space Force and U.S. intelligence agencies for national security satellite launches. It will replace both of ULA's existing launchers (Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy) in this role, as these launchers are retiring.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    67.4 m
  • Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    877 T
  • Thrust
    18110 kN
Family
  • Name
    Vulcan VC6L
  • Family
    Vulcan
  • Variant
    VC6L
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Vulcan VC6L
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    27200 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    14500 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
    6500 kg
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    23900 kg

United Launch Alliance

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CEO: Tory Bruno Founded: 2006 Successes: 160 Failures: 0 Pending: 46

Agency Type: Commercial

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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