Lockheed’s Athena re-enters small payload market

Lockheed Martin and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) have teamed up to enter the small launcher market. Services will be available from 2012 using a new version of the all-solid rocket motor Athena vehicle.

With a payload capability of 1,712kg (3,775lb) to low Earth orbit, the two versions of Athena, Ic and IIc, will face competition. US rivals include Orbital Sciences’ Minotaur and Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 1e, while European competitors include the Russian Cosmos International Cosmos and Paris-based Arianespace’s Vega, which should be commercially operational next year. Continue reading…

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(Photo: Alliant Techsystems)


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