The Atlas SLV-3, or SLV-3 Atlas was an American expendable launch system derived from the SM-65 Atlas / SM-65D Atlas missile. It was a member of the Atlas family of rockets.
The Atlas SLV-3 was a stage and a half rocket, built as a standardised replacement for earlier Atlas launch systems, which had been derived from the various Atlas missiles.
ATDA atop an Atlas-SLV3
It is most well known for launching the Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA). The launch was conducted on 1 June 1966, and was the first flight of the Atlas SLV-3 as an independent vehicle. The rocket was also used for three suborbital tests of X-23 Prime re-entry vehicles.
A Burner II upper stage could be used to increase payload. The Atlas SLV-3 was also used as the first stage of several Atlas-Agena and Atlas-Centaur variants.
- Thrust(pounds): 388
- Booster ISP: 252.5
- Sustainer ISP: 214.2
- Vernier ISP: 190.9/237.7
- Main impulse propellants (pounds): 246,549
- Launch weight (pounds): 260,928
- Booster jettison weight (pounds): 7,368
- Sustainer jettison weight (pounds): 6,569
Mariner 7 launch by an Atlas-SLV3C
Centaur-D1A rocket which launching Mariner 10