|Lunex B-825 LV - Provisonal drawing of Lunex B-825 launch vehicle.|
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In 1961 the Air Force completed studies on a family of advanced heavy-lift launch vehicles for use in the late 1960's and on. The smallest identified member of this family, selected to place the Air Force Lunex lunar lander re-entry vehicle in a low earth orbit for initial tests, was the A-410. This evidently consisted of a smallish Lox/LH2 stage supplemented by solid fuel booster rockets.
LEO Payload: 9,070 kg. to: 560 km Orbit. at: 28.0 degrees. Core Diameter: 7.6 m.
The launchers used solid rocket boosters together with Lox/LH2 upper stages. The modular stages could be combined in various ways to achieve a range of launch vehicles (as for the USAF Lunex lunar base project). These studies would provide the basis for the later Titan derivatives and, eventually, the final space shuttle design.