NW025 1/144 Atlas SLV-3 ATDA
In 1955 Convair won the prime contract for
Atlas ICBM.The liquid oxygen and kerosene vehicle was designed to
carry a thermonuclear warhead over 7000 miles. The Atlas was
unique in its “stage and half” design in which two of its
main engines were shed to reduce weight after two minutes of
flight, while the central sustainer continued to burn. In order
to minimize sustainer tank weight (used also for booster
engines), Convair employeed balloon construction. Flights of
Atlas began on June 11, 1957, with the launch of Atlas A powered
by booster alone. In November 1958, an Atlas B reached full
design range, and the operational Atlas D was deployed in 1960.
ATDA launched by our Atlas booster was used as target vehicle for Gemini 9 mission. Gemini 9 had easily completed a rendezvous with the ATDA, but docking was not possible (because the shroud which covered the docking apparatus during launch was not succesfully jettisoned).
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