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The '''Satellite Launcher''' is a high altitude plane carrying a small rocket propelled satellite.
 
The '''Satellite Launcher''' is a high altitude plane carrying a small rocket propelled satellite.
  
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
{{Quote|A conventional jet equipped with a small rocket to demonstrate feasibility of rocket launches from high altutude.|Squad}}
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{{Quote|A conventional jet equipped with a small rocket to demonstrate feasibility of rocket launches from high altutude [sic].|Squad}}
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== Specifications ==
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The Satellite Launcher may be based on DARPA's [http://www.darpa.mil/program/airborne-launch-assist-space-access ALASA] (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) concept for launching a small satellite into orbit with a rocket carried by an airplane.
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=== Carrier ===
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The carrier airplane is a small Mk1 airplane powered by a [[J-404 "Panther" Afterburning Turbofan]].  It has [[LY-50 Medium Landing Gear]] to achieve enough clearance to carry the rocket under its fuselage.
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=== Rocket ===
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The rocket has two stages, the first powered by a [[48-7S "Spark" Liquid Fuel Engine]] and the second powered by a pair of [[LV-1R "Spider" Liquid Fuel Engine]]s.  The upper stage includes the probe core and scientific experiments.
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== Capabilities ==
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The satellite is capable of getting into orbit; because of thrust-to-weight issues, the best practice is to place the launcher into a fast and fairly steep climb (20-30 degrees with afterburner active), with the goal of releasing at 4-5 km of altitude.  The satellite can have as much as 500 m/s of delta-V remaining after achieving orbit, enough to reach high Kerbin orbit with the instruments.
  
 
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The Satellite Launcher is a high altitude plane carrying a small rocket propelled satellite.

Description

A conventional jet equipped with a small rocket to demonstrate feasibility of rocket launches from high altutude [sic].

Squad

Specifications

The Satellite Launcher may be based on DARPA's ALASA (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) concept for launching a small satellite into orbit with a rocket carried by an airplane.

Carrier

The carrier airplane is a small Mk1 airplane powered by a J-404 "Panther" Afterburning Turbofan. It has LY-50 Medium Landing Gear to achieve enough clearance to carry the rocket under its fuselage.

Rocket

The rocket has two stages, the first powered by a 48-7S "Spark" Liquid Fuel Engine and the second powered by a pair of LV-1R "Spider" Liquid Fuel Engines. The upper stage includes the probe core and scientific experiments.

Capabilities

The satellite is capable of getting into orbit; because of thrust-to-weight issues, the best practice is to place the launcher into a fast and fairly steep climb (20-30 degrees with afterburner active), with the goal of releasing at 4-5 km of altitude. The satellite can have as much as 500 m/s of delta-V remaining after achieving orbit, enough to reach high Kerbin orbit with the instruments.