|Country of origin|| United States
|Height||90.00 m (300 ft)|
|Diameter||5.40 m (18 ft)|
|22,000 kg (44,500 lb)|
|Engines||1 × Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster|
|Burn time||~150 seconds|
|Engines||1 × Vulcain 2|
|Specific impulse||431 seconds (vacuum)|
|Burn time||650 seconds|
Liberty was a 2011 launch vehicle concept proposed to NASA by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Astrium under phase 2 of the NASA Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program intended to stimulate development of privately operated crew vehicles to low Earth orbit.
The Liberty design proposal was a combination of hardware from the defunct Ares I project (the five-segment version of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster for a first stage) and from the commercial Ariane 5 launcher (the Vulcain cryogenic main engine, which was slated to carry the Hermes (spacecraft), as a second stage). It is intended to be launched from Kennedy Space Center.
 Mission scope
Liberty was proposed as a vehicle to service the International Space Station for crew and cargo, but its capacities and cost, as of January 2012[update], potentially could have made it a useful launcher for government and commercial satellites, including to Geostationary transfer orbit. As of December 2011, all of the CCDEV 2 winners have chosen launch vehicles that are not Liberty.
The ATK/Astrium Liberty proposal was not initially selected by NASA in the 2011 contract awards to assist development of a commercial space transportation system to replace the Space Shuttle; however, the team continued development in the hope of gaining funding from NASA in future years. On September 13, 2011, NASA and ATK held a joint news conference to announce they had signed an unfunded Space Act Agreement (SAA) to collaborate on the development of the Liberty Transportation System as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 activities. NASA suggested this agreement could "accelerate the availability of U.S. commercial crew transportation capabilities."
In January 2012 NASA’s Commercial Crew office announced ATK had successfully held a Launch System Initial Systems Design (ISD) Review of the Liberty Transportation System, the third of five milestones to be completed under the SAA. The current SAA continued through at least March 2012.
In May 2012 ATK announced that Liberty will indeed be a complete commercial crew transportation system, including the spacecraft, abort system, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations. The spacecraft will be narrowly derived from concepts generated during the Orion program and make use of the Orion Service Module.
Liberty was not among the vehicles selected for funding announced on August 3, 2012 under the Commercial Crew Integrated Capacity (CCiCAP) program. ATK's stated goal prior to the CCiCAP award announcement was to begin test launches in 2015, with a crewed flight in 2016. In early August, 2012, shortly before NASA announced the selectees for CCDev award, ATK Liberty manager Kent Rominger stated that the program would continue even without CCiCAP funding. However, following the NASA decision to not select Liberty as a design for further government funding ATK president and CEO Mark DeYoung stated that the company was "'moving on' after the failure to win a NASA contract reassing their plans and the decision would not cause any financial hardship."
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ATK Liberty Launch Vehicle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2cnmxH9Hbg