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astronautix.com DAC Helios


Family: Nerva. Country: USA. Status: Study 1963.

Nuclear, recoverable upper stage boosted above atmosphere by minimum chemical stage. Improved Specific Impulse chemical stage uses many engines feeding into single large nozzle. Douglas/Bono design approach to same concept as Convair/Ehricke Helios.


Specifications

LEO Payload: 454,500 kg. to: 325 km Orbit. at: 0.0 degrees. Liftoff Thrust: 4,541,380 kgf. Total Mass: 3,275,400 kg. Core Diameter: 24.4 m. Total Length: 52.0 m.



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