Project Kuiper (Atlas V #1)

Launch Overview

Liftoff Time
Week of October 07, 2023 (00:00 UTC)

Complex Overview

Launch Facility
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Launch Pad
Space Launch Complex 41
Turnaround Time
a month

Who is ULA?

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.

What Is Atlas V 501?

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

Engines

RD-180

The RD-180 is derived from the RD-170/RD-171 line of rockets which were used in the Solviet Enerqia launch vehicle

RL10A-1

Three RL-10 versions are in production for the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V and the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage(DCSS) for the Delta IV

Mission Overviw

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.

Mission Type
Communications
Orbit
LEO

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