Thursday, February 11, 2010


It is pretty impressive to see a rocket family last so long, this was one of the first large orbital rockets, and just about the only to use the unique 1.5 stage balloon airframe design. Granted almost everything is different about modern Atlas rockets, but the legacy is kept alive in some small way. The SDO launch (scrubbed twice as I tried to watch it live) reminded me of this great rocket family. There is a book out there about the design of the early Atlas ICBM:

Atlas Ultimate Weapon

Here is the SDO launch with a similar rocket (that looks more and more like a delta.)

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