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astronautix.com Castor 4AXL


Manufacturer Name: TX-780XL. Other Designations: Castor 4AXL. Designer: Thiokol. Gross Mass: 14,851 kg. Empty Mass: 1,723 kg. Propellants: Solid Thrust(vac): 61,164 kgf. Thrust(vac): 599.80 kN. Isp: 269 sec. Burn time: 60 sec. Diameter: 1.0 m. Length: 12.3 m. Chambers: 1. Chamber Pressure: 54.42 bar. Area Ratio: 8.64. Country: USA. Status: In Production.

The 4AXL version, extended by 2.44 mm, was first tested May 1992. Its 30% performance increase would improve performance of vehicles, such as Atlas and Conestoga. 4AXL was combined with 4B's TVC system to create the stage 1 motor for CTA's ORBEX small launcher.. Length: 12.279 m with nose-cone adapter, 13.711 m with nose-cone. Diameter: 1.0185 m. Propellant Type: TP-H8299 HTPB Polymer, 20% Al, and 68% AP. Propellant Shape: forward cylindrical perforate with seven aft longitudinal slots. Propellant Mass Fraction: 0.884 ground ignited strap-on. Burn Time: 60.1 sec. Thrust (kN, vac): 599.81 average with 700.5 maximum. Isp: 269.2 sec vacuum. Itotal: 34.679 Mns vacuum. Pressure: 41.70 atm average with a maximum of 54.42 atm MEOP. Nozzle Throat Diameter: 318.8 mm. Nozzle Length: 1216.8 mm. Nozzle Exit Diameter: 937.3 mm. Nozzle Materials: 4130 steel with graphite phenolic throat insert, and a carbon phenolic exit cone. Casing Material: AISI 4130 steel 0.28 mm thick. Igniter Type: TX544 (>500 units flown successfully) forward internal pyrogen, with 2.45 kg TP-H8027 propellant that is cartridge loaded. Specific impulse with 15:1 nozzle 382.4 seconds.


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