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Atlas III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2000
Total Production: 6
Also Known As: Atlas IIIA and Atlas IIIB
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: Atlas
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1958
Total Production: 587
Family Members: Atlas II and Atlas V
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Description: The Atlas launch vehicle family evolved from successful Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). It is suitable for launch payloads into low earth orbits, geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) and geosynchronous orbit. The Atlas launch vehicle family available for military and civil markets currently comprises the Atlas II, Atlas III and Atlas V launch vehicles. Atlas II, III and V provide higher performance than older Atlas I launch vehicle by using engines with greater thrust and longer fuel tanks.

The Atlas III family comprises the Atlas IIIA and Atlas IIIB models. The main difference between the Atlas III space launch system and its predecessor, the Atlas II, is the RD-180 rocket engine which enables Atlas III to lift payloads of 9,920-pound (4500 kg) to GTO. The sixth and final Atlas III launch vehicle flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 2, 2005. The last Atlas III placed into orbit a national security payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office marking the 75 consecutive successful mission for the Atlas vehicle. Atlas III was developed to fill between the capabilities of Atlas II and the most capable Atlas V.

Atlas III Specifications

Crew: 0
Height: 53 meter (2,091 inch)
Rocket Diameter: 3.04 meter
Max Lift-off Thrust: 860,200 pound (390 ton)
Max Lift-off Weight: 224 ton (493,827 pound)
Payload to GTO: 9,920 pound (4,500 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Atlas III News

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on 15 Oct 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016US to Buy Additional RD-180 and RD-181 Russian Space Rocket Engines

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