Author Topic: Re-Purposing missiles as satellite launchers  (Read 1089 times)

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Re: Re-Purposing missiles as satellite launchers
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2018, 10:22:00 AM »
For boosting small payloads to LEO, how about adding a zeroth stage to modified Pershing II missiles (assuming we have any left, of course).


In the early sixties there were already proposals for the Pershing as a satellite booster, see http://pershingmissile.org/PershingDocuments/manuals/Interavia.pdf

The proposal I am thinking of would be adding a larger stage below the existing first stage to boost it higher rather than using solely the existing stages.


I understand, but I find it noteworthy that even when staying within the size and mass constraints of the original Pershing an orbital launch vehicle would have been feasible without having to add a large new booster stage.

Martin
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