Modernized ATHENA Ic & IIc Space Launch

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Modernized
ATHENA Ic & IIc Space Launch Vehicles
Lockheed Martin Corporation (LM) and Alliant Techsystems (ATK)
have teamed to offer launch services utilizing upgraded and
modernized Athena rockets.
Based on the flight-proven Athena I & II, these vehicles are
designed to provide reliable access to space for small payloads, to
a wide range of orbits.
The Athena launch vehicle family combines both companies’
heritage and expertise to provide reliable launch services at an
affordable price.
Athena is available for launches beginning in 2012, with a payload
lift capability that supports NASA, the Department of Defense and
commercial mission requirements.
Athena provides unique customer benefits
• 100% domestic content improves sustained availability
• Inherent simplicity increases reliability
• Responsiveness:
– 99% probability of favorable winds aloft at launch vs.
25% for liquid propulsion systems
– Faster launch recycle time than liquid propulsion
• Lowest LCC of all propulsion options
– Long-term storage with minimal maintenance
– Low ground support and equipment infrastructure
requirements for maintenance and launch
• Operational deployment demands
– Easily maintained in a high state of readiness
– Solid propulsion has decades of demonstrated 24/7
alert status capability
First-generation Athena I and II rockets became operational in 1995 and have flown seven times. Athena II launched the Lunar Prospector to
the moon in 1998 and remains the only commercially developed launch vehicle to fly a lunar mission.
Athena Ic & IIc are uniquely suited for DoD and Civil Missions
92” Payload
Fairing
Payload
Adapter
Orbit Adjust
Module
CASTOR 30
®
Upper
Interstage
The two-stage Athena Ic and
three-stage Athena IIc launch
vehicles incorporate the flight
proven CASTOR 120® first and
second stages with the new
CASTOR 30® upper stage, and
upgrades to electronic systems.
Lunar – and multi-satellite capability
CASTOR 120
2nd Stage
Both Athena Ic and IIc provide a 92” Payload Fairing that accommodates
a wide range of spacecraft : NASA’s Lunar Prospector w/ TLI stage and
NASA’s Kodiak Star, a multiple payload mission, shown. Flight Proven
Payload Adapters include 38”, 47”, 66” and multi-satellite dispensers.
®
Lower
Interstage
CASTOR 120
1st Stage
®
Athena IIc
CASTOR 30® static fire success
Athena Ic & IIc launch vehicles provide assured performance
28.5 deg
38.0 deg
51.6 deg
75
The rockets can be launched from multiple locations including Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Kodiak Launch Complex, Vandenberg Air
Force Base and NASA Wallops Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.
Athena II LV
K o d i a k Is l a n d
L at 5 7° 36 ' N
L ong 1 52° 09 W
La t i t ude
60
W FF
L at 3 7° 51 ' N
L ong 7 5° 2 8' W
45
S LC - 7 V A F B
L at 34 ° 36 ' N
L on g 1 20 ° 3 6' W
30
64°
11 6 °
Athena I LV
3 8°
LC - 46 CC A S
La t 28 ° 3 0' N
Lo ng 80 ° 33 ' W
1 04 °
50 °
2 8 .5 °
5 8°
32 °
72°
15
0
P o s s ib le L a u n c h
In c lin a t io n R an g es
15
16 5
15 0
1 35
1 20
10 5
L o n g i tu d e
90
75
60
45
30
The Lockheed Martin/ATK team bring their unmatched depth and experience to this new partnership.
Drawing on over 40 years of experience with expendable launch vehicle systems, the Athena team
provides a reliable and cost effective means to precisely deliver small payloads to Earth orbit.
For information contact:
LM: Gregory Kehrl
Tel 303 514-9548
[email protected]
ATK : Matt Steele
Tel 435 863-2699
[email protected]

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