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Titan/Centaur: NASA's newest launch vehicleTitan/Centaur is NASA's last new expendable launch vehicle prior to the advent of the space shuttle. Titan/Centaur is an adaptation of the Air Force Titan 3 booster with an improved version of the Centaur stage and a new 4.2 meters payload fairing. Titan/Centaur is initially being used for high performance escape missions (Helios Solar Probe - 340 kilograms' Viking Mars Orbiter and Lander - 3,629 kilograms, and Mariner Jupiter/Saturn Fly-Bys at 771 kilograms, but is also particularly suited for larger spacecraft in synchronous orbits (transfer - 7,031 kilograms and equatorial, with three Centaur burns - 3,175 kilograms). The program which began in 1965 with internal NASA feasibility studies will culminate in a proof flight launch in early 1974. With the new payload fairing, which also encloses Centaur, payloads of nearly 8.5 meters long and 3.8 meters in diameter can be accommodated.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Stofan, A. J.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 2, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1973
Subject Category
Space Vehicles
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Space Mission Planning and Executive Meeting for the Launch Vehicle Issues Sect.
Location: Denver, CO
Country: United States
Start Date: July 10, 1973
End Date: July 11, 1973
Sponsors: Am. Inst. of Aeron. and Astronautics, Am. Soc. of Mech. Engr., and the Soc. of Automotive Engr.
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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