Atlas V 501

Active Atlas

United Launch Alliance (ULA)

April 22, 2010

Description

Atlas V with 5m Fairing, 0 SRB, 1 Centaur upper stage engine.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    58.3 m
  • Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    334 T
  • Thrust
    3827 kN
  • Apogee (Sub-Orbital)
    40000 km
Family
  • Name
    Atlas V 501
  • Family
    Atlas
  • Variant
    501
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas V 501
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $120M
  • Low Earth Orbit
    8210 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    3780 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

United Launch Alliance

Commercial
CEO: Tory Bruno
ULA 2006

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.

Atlas V 501 | OTV-6 (X-37B) (USSF-7)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
May 17, 2020, 1:14 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

It is the sixth flight of the X-37B program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle is built by Boeing. It's an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing.

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Atlas V 501 | OTV-4 (X-37B) (USA 261) (AFSPC-5) & ULTRASat cubesat deployer

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
May 20, 2015, 3:05 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

It is the second flight of the second Boeing X-37B vehicle and the fourth flight of the program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The OTV-4 mission was to test Aerojet Rocketdyne's XR-5A Hall-effect thruster and conduct a NASA investigation for testing various materials in space. The mission concluded after 717 days in orbit, marking the first time X-37B landed on the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 501 | NROL-39 (USA-247)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Dec. 6, 2013, 7:14 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Atlas V 501 | OTV-3 (X-37B) (USA-240)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 11, 2012, 6:03 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

It is the second flight of the first Boeing X-37B vehicle and the third flight of the program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The specific identity of the spaceship's payload or the mission objectives were not revealed. The mission concluded after 674 days in orbit.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 501 | OTV-2 (X-37B) (USA-226)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 5, 2011, 10:46 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

It is the first flight of the second Boeing X-37B, a United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle 2, which is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The OTV-2 mission was designed to test new technologies, however the specific identity of the spaceship's payload was not revealed. The mission concluded after 468 days in orbit.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 501 | NROL-41 (USA-215)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 21, 2010, 4:03 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Atlas V 501 | OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
April 22, 2010, 11:52 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

It is the first flight of Boeing X-37B, a United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle, which is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The OTV-1 mission was designed to test new technologies, however the specific identity of the spaceship's payload was not revealed. OTV was the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter capable of returning experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis. The mission concluded after 224 days in orbit, marking the first American autonomous orbital runway landing.

Low Earth Orbit
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