Atlas LV-3B | Big Joe 1

Atlas LV-3B | Big Joe 1

Launch Complex 14
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Suborbital flight with the objective of testing the Mercury spacecraft ablative heat shield. The Atlas booster section failed to jettison, leading to a lower apogee. It was nonetheless sufficient to satisfy the Mercury spacecraft team.

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Atlas LV-3B


Height 28.70 Meters

Max Stages 1

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 1300 kN

Diameter 3.00 Meters

Mass To LEO 1360 kg

Liftoff Mass 120 Tonnes


Launch Success 7

Consecutive Success 6

Maiden Flight 1960-07-29

Launch Failures 3


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Mercury

Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States, running from 1958 through 1963.

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