The SC itself is attached to the top of the Centaur and is enclosed in a payload fairing (PLF) that can be anywhere from 68 ft to 77 ft tall, depending on the size of the SC. In full launch configuration, the Atlas V can be as tall as 196 ft to 205 ft. This launch system can propel as much as 44,200 lbs to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
The Atlas rocket is an “expendable launch vehicle,” or ELV, meaning it is only used once. The rocket consists of these four key parts: Common Core Booster (CCB), Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), Payload Fairing (PLF), and Centaur Upper Stage.
Rollover the rocket to learn more about these key parts.
Juno has to be protected so that it can reach space in one piece.
After the main launch, Juno still needs help getting on course to Jupiter.
The “551” in the rocket’s name is actually a code that provides three important characteristics of the Atlas V.
See the major components of Juno’s ride into space.
A huge burst of power is necessary to escape Earth.
Details of the Atlas V551.
Steps on the path to Juno’s launch vehicle.
The Atlas V551 has extra power strapped to it’s sides.
Rockets don’t run on gasoline, so what powers the Atlas V?