Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles
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    Proton M

    Delta IV

    Atlas V

    Arian 51 ECA

    H IIB/H2B

    Long March 3B/E

    Falcon 9 Heavy (V1.1)

    GSLV Mk II

    Country

    Russia

    United Launch (Lockheed Martin and The Boeing) in alliance with US govt.

    United Launch
    United States (US)

    Arianespace EADS2 Europe(Private sector)

    JAXA (and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    Japan

    China

    Space X

    India

    Mass (metric tonnes)

    712

    733.4

    334

    780

    531

    458

    505

    402

    Payload to LEO (metric tonnes)

    22

    22

    29

    20

    19

    12

    13.15

    5

    Payload to GTO (metric tonnes)

    6.7

    13

    13

    10

    8

    5.5

    4.8

    2

    Stages (Number)

    3-4

    2

    2

    2

    2

    3

    2

    3

    Propellant

    1st-Liquid (N2O4/UDMH)
    2nd- Liquid (N2O4/UDMH)
    3rd- Liquid
    4th- Semi-Cryogenic (RP-1/LOX)

    1st- Liquid
    (LOX/LH2)
    2nd- Cryogenic (LOX/LH2)

    1st- Semi-Cryogenic
    2nd- Cryogenic

    1st- Liquid (LOX/LH2)
    2nd- Cryogenic

    1st- Semi-Cryogenic
    2nd- Cryogenics

    1st- Liquid (N2O4/UDMH)
    2nd-Liquid (N2O4/UDMH)
    3rd Cryogenics

    1st- Semi Cryogenic
    2nd- Semi Cryogenic

    1st- Solid (HTPB)
    2nd- Liquid (LOX/LH2)
    3rd- Cryogenic

    Engine

    1st- RD-253-14D14

    2nd- RD-0210

    3rd- RD-0212

    4th-RD-58M

    1st- RS-68

    2nd- RL10-B-2

    1st- RL10

    2nd- RL10A

    1st-Vulcain 2

    2nd- HM7-B

    1st LE-7A

    2nd- LE-5B

    1st -YF-20C

    2nd- YF-22E (Main)

    YF-23C (Vernier)

    3rd- YF-75

    1st- Merlin 1D

    2nd-1 Merlin Vacuum (1D)

    1st- S139

    2nd- GS2 Vikas 4

    3rd – CE 7.5

    Isp (sec)

    1st- 285

    2nd-327

    3rd-325

    4th-352

    1st – 420

    2nd -462

    1st- 337

    2nd- 422

    1st- 431

    2nd-446

    1st- 440

    2nd-448

    1st- 255

    2nd-292

    3rd-431

    1st-282 (Sea level)

    2nd- 375

    1st- 166

    2nd-255

    3rd- 454

    Thrust (kN)

     

    1st-3,312

    2nd-112

    1st- 4,152 2nd-99.2

    1st- 1,340

    2nd- 64.7

    1st- 2,196

    2nd- 137

    1st- 2,961

    2nd-742

    3rd-157 (78.5*2)

    1st- 5,885

    2nd- 801

    1st- 4,700

    2nd- 720

    3rd-73.5*

    launches

    • Success
    • Faliure
    • partial faliure

    70

    • 62
    • 6
    • 2

    7

    • 6
    • -
    • 1

    43

    • 42
    • 1

    42

    • 41
    • 1

    4

    • 4

    15

    • 8
    • 7

    3

    • 3

    2

    • 1
    • 1

    success rate (estimated)

    88%

    90%

    97%

    97%

    100%

    53%

    100%

    50%

    Estimated Launch price (US$ in millions)3

    95-105

    96

    110

    120

     

    704

    56.5

    405

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