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Athena II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Athena I, Athena Ic and Athena IIc
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: ATK Alliant Techsystems and Lockheed Martin*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Athena
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Athena III
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Description: The Athena program began in 1993 and the first Athena I vehicle was launched in 1997 to put into orbit NASA's Lewis satellite. The first Athena II was successfully launched in 1998 carrying NASA's Lunar Prospector spacecraft on its mission to study the moon. Payload capability of Athena I is 1,750 lb (794 kg) and Athena II can carry payloads of up to 4,350 lb (1,896 kg).

The Athena I two-stage propulsion system consists of Castor 120 rocket motor as the first stage and Orbus 21D rocket motor as the second stage. The Athena II has a three-stage propulsion system. Castor 120 rocket engine acts as the first and second stages and the Orbus 21D rocket engine is the third stage motor. Athena Ic and Athena IIc are upgraded variants featuring improved electronic systems and the new CASTOR 30 upper stage motor and it is due to enter service in 2012.

Athena II Specifications

Crew: 0
Height: 30.5 meter (1,201 inch)
Rocket Diameter: 1.98 meter
Max Lift-off Thrust: 435,000 pound (197 ton)
Max Lift-off Weight: 120 ton (264,991 pound)
Payload to Moon: 1,896 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Athena II News

There are 3 news between
25 Mar 2010 and 15 Dec 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014Alaska Aerospace Corporation Selects Athena IIS Rocket
Friday, September 17, 2010Athena Launch Vehicles Selected as a NASA Launch Services Provider
Thursday, March 25, 2010Lockheed Martin and ATK Announce Upgraded Athena Launch Vehicles by 2012

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