Rocket Science!

What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars.
William Wordsworth

Rocket Size Mass to LEO, metric tons Mass to GTO, metric tons Mass to SSO, metric tons Total Launches Core Stage Boosters Stages Cost
Ariane 4 [1] 10.2 (200 km,5.2°); 8.2 (200km, 90°) 4.8 (185 km, 7°) 6.5
Ariane 5 ECA [1] 46-52 m x 5.4 m 18 (550 km, 28.5°)[777,000 kg total] 6.8 (580 km, 7°) 12 72/76 total; 45/46 ECA EPC H173 @ 1,390 kN (vacuum) using Vulcain 2 engine w/ 432 Isp (vacuum)  and 540 s burn time using LOX/ LH2 ECA – EAP P241 x 2 @ 14,160 kN total, 140 s burn using HTPB; ECA Stage 2 – EPS ESC-A 67 kN, 945s burn time w/ 446 Isp using LOX/ LH2 $200M
Atlas V 550 [1,2] 58.3 m x 3.81 m 20 (185 km, 28.5°), 17 (185 km, 90°)  [334,500 kg total] 8.2 (167 km, 27°);[9,800–18,810 kg total] 47/48 2 $223M to GTO
Delta IV [2] 63.0-72.0 m x 5.0 m 249,500-733,400 kg 9,420-28,790 kg 4,440-14,220 kg 26/27 x x 2 $170M
Delta III [1] 8.3 (185 km, 28.7°), 6.8 (200 km, 90° 8.3 (200 km,28.7°) 6.1
Falcon 9 [2] 68.4 m x 3.66 m 505,846 kg 13,150 kg 4,850 kg 10/11 x x 2 $59.5M
Long March 3B [1] 11.2 (200 km, 28.5°) 5.1 (180 km, 28.5°) 6.0
Proton K [1] 19.8 (186 km, 51.6°) 4.9 (4200 km, 23.4°) 3.6

References:

  1. The Physics of Space Security: A Reference Manual, David Wright, Laura Grego, and Lisbeth Gronlund, 2005
  2. Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD (Space Technology Library, Vol 28), James R. Wertz, David F. Everett, 2011
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