ULA Atlas V Launch to Feature Full Complement of Aerojet Rocketdyne Solid Rocket Boosters
The Atlas V 551 configuration features a 5-meter payload fairing, five AJ-60As and a Centaur upper stage powered by a single Aerojet Rocket RL10C-1 engine. This configuration of the
"The Atlas V is able to perform a wide variety of missions for both government and commercial customers, and the AJ-60A
is a major factor in that versatility," said
The flight of the 100th AJ-60A, the largest monolithically wound solid rocket booster ever flown, took place recently as part of a complement of four that helped an Atlas V 541 place the nation's newest weather satellite into GTO. Anywhere from one to five AJ-60As, each generating 348,500 pounds of thrust, can be used to augment the lift capability of the Atlas V, which has flown 76
missions to date in all of its configurations.
AFSPC-11 is a multi-manifested mission. The forward spacecraft is referred to as CBAS (Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM) and the aft spacecraft is EAGLE (ESPA Augmented GEO Laboratory Experiment).
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