Payload record for the european launcher

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montmein69

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<font color="yellow">Edit : Oups ! sorry, I didn't see that the previous thread was still alive.</font><br /><br />Succesfull launch from Kourou.<br /><br /><font color="orange"> Ariane 5 achieved another heavy-lift record tonight, successfully placing a U.K. military relay platform and Brazil’s new multi-mission telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. </font><br /><br /><br /><br />http://www.arianespace.com/site/news/news_sub_missionupdate_index.html <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Very impressive. But the Delta IV can (in theory) put a lot more, almost 13 metric tons in GTO. We'll have to see if it gets the chance.
 
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Which makes on wonder if the Delta IV could be used for ISS resupply. <br />Also, wikipedia shows that the Delta IV actually lists with a slightly higher payload to LEO than the Ares I. So, why not use the Delta IV to lift the Orion Crew vehicle. Then use a Delta IV derivative (http://www.ninfinger.org/~sven/models/vault2004/delta_iv_heavy_lift.jpg) as the heavy lift ( a la the Ares V)? The standard justification for the Ares I is that the components developed will be needed for the Ares V, but why even build the Ares V? I'd rather see a Delta IV and Delta super heavy family than the Ares rockets. The Delta has already flown twice, and NASA is still trying to get the Ares to work on paper... . <br />
 
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