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Launch Vehicles use various methods in order to reach space. The most common are rockets. They are referred to as Expendable Launch Vehicles. Many use rocket engines that use liquid propellants such as kerosene and liquid oxygen. Other methods include air-launched launch vehicle like Pegasus. Some are single stage to orbit stages, some use two stages or more. Some are vertical launch and some spaceplanes designs take off like planes.

Launch Vehicles Guide

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first space shuttle orbiter built for NASA. It performed atmospheric test flights and was incapable of spaceflight. It was named...

Shuttle II

The Shuttle II study began as an Agency activity in January 1985. Midway through the planned two-year effort, the Challenger accident occurred which reshaped...

Maks Air Launch System

Maks Spaceplane is a cancelled Russian Air-launched multi-purpose aerospace system. The aim was to reduce the cost of space operations. It was being developed...

Pictures of Rockets

Pictures of Rockets has a variety of pictures from NASA, ESA, private rocket companies, rockets from Chinese, Indian, Russian and more. Antares Rocket Ready for...

Hermes Space Plane

Hermes Spaceplane was designed in the 1980's by ESA (European Space Agency), however, it was cancelled in the early 1990's for economic reasons. Hermes...

Long March 9

Chinese Long March 9 is a super-heavy carrier rocket that will be able to support a manned mission to the Moon. Chinese Long March 9...

Atlas V

Atlas V is Lockheed Martin Built Rocket. It is marketed by ILS (International Launch Services). Atlas V was developed under the US Air Force...

Dyna-Soar X-20

Nasa's 1960's Dyna-Soar (stands for DYNAmic SOARing) spaceplane was also known as the X-20. It was to be the first US Spaceplane to reach...

Ares-I

NASA Ares I Rocket will be used primarily to launch the Orion Spacecraft to the International Space Station (after the end of the Space...

X-33

X-33 was the sub-scale prototype version of the Single Stage to Orbit Venture Star. It was wedge shaped X-33. It was developed jointly between NASA...

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