Similarly, the vehicle can fly with either a four- or five-meter payload fairing
to accommodate a wide variety of payloads.
The Proton Medium vehicle utilizes either the 5.2 or 4.35 meter payload fairing
with the benefits of the standard, flight-proven Proton Breeze M configuration and spacecraft insertion history.
The program is progressing in all areas of production and testing, and Iridium expects to announce multiple milestones in the near future including completion of the first flight dispenser for the SpaceX launch; full-power antenna testing; cross-links testing; mating the payload fairing
to the space head module for the initial satellite launch; and Aireon testing and systems update, among others.
Using a bullet from an M16 assault rifle to represent the satellite, Ramos explained that debris from the first stage of the satellite would be expected to fall 15.23 minutes after the launch, followed by the payload fairing
debris 19.67 minutes after take-off.
Today's successful launch was the 60th since ULA was formed just over five years ago and we congratulate the AEHF team on this important step toward delivering these critical protected communications capabilities." This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 531 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter diameter RUAG Space payload fairing
along with three Aerojet solid rocket motors attached to the Atlas booster.
Northrop Grumman also produced several components and structures that flew on today's mission that included: the interstage, centerbody, thermal shield, composite payload fairing
, payload attach fitting and the payload attach fitting diaphragm.
That said, it did try to recover the precious payload fairing
or the nose cone of the vehicle using thrusters and parachutes.
Originally scheduled for a November launch, Zuma was delayed by potential concern about another mission's payload fairing
, the shell on top that protects a satellite during launch.
In addition to the GEM 40 motors, Orbital ATK manufactured the composite 10-foot diameter payload fairing
, which encapsulates and protects the payload, at its facility in Iuka, Mississippi.
Release date- 05082019 - With Intelsat 39 and EDRS-C under its payload fairing
, Ariane 5 approaches the launch pad to complete today's rollout.
The B330 would launch to Low Earth Orbit on a Vulcan 562 configuration rocket, the only commercial launch vehicle in development today with sufficient performance and a large enough payload fairing
to carry the habitat.