a list of US manned space launch vehicles

  • 2017 (expected) – Space Launch System – 32,000 kN thrust – LEO* payload = 155 T,
  • 1981–2011 – Space Shuttle – 30,250, kN thrust – LEO payload = 24.4 T,
  • 1960s (cancelled) – “Nova C8” – 61,925 kN thrust – LEO payload = 90 T,
  • 1967–1973 – “Saturn V” – 34,020 kN thrust – LEO payload = 118 T,
  • 1964–1966 – Titan II GLV – 1,913 kN thrust – LEO payload = 3.58 T,
  • 1960–1963 – “Mercury-Atlas” / Atlas-D – 1,300 kN thrust – LEO payload = 1.36 T,
  • 1960–1961 – “Mercury-Redstone” – 350 kN thrust – (unable to reach LEO).

LEO: Low Earth Orbit or an altitude of ±160 km.

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