This is a project I've had in mind for just about a year now. I kept it quiet and only shared the thought with a few people because I wasn't sure if it would work out. I made some proof of concepts and verified that theoretically, the project was possible. I even did start the project shortly after verifying it was possible [old image I took of it], but the motivation very quickly faded, as I focused on other projects.
After finishing my Delta IV family of rockets, and revamping my Vulcan family of rockets, I decided to come back and restart the Atlas V project completely. I redid all my research and investigation into the Atlas V and all its configurations. Unfortunately, I did not include the HLV or hammerhead fairing variants; mostly I just didn't feel like incorporating the HLV as it would make things a bit more complicated, and would look goofy on launch with it clipping into the SRBs (the hammerhead fairing should be more than obvious why I didn't do that).
Here's an explanation of how the Configuration Key Works.
Graphic made by RD Asher
If this graphic doesn't make much sense to you, I recommend checking out ULA's configuration key on the Atlas V webpage or the wikipedia page
Here's a Demo video
You can choose which configuration to fly for your perfectly tailored Atlas V launch
- Made in collaboration with GoldenShadowGS, this craft is equipped with an auto-launch code. As of V0.9.905, this code should be functioning on mobile now. If there are any issues you come across please say them in the comments.
Realistic Staging events
- Atlas Booster
400 and 500 Series Fairings each with 3 different length options
- Payload clipping with other fairings that are not intended to be flown is not an issue
- Created On: Windows
- Game Version: 0.9.905.1
- Price: $35,016k
- Number of Parts: 693
- Dimensions: 65 m x 15 m x 15 m
- Total Delta V: 3.9km/s
- Total Thrust: 6.5MN
- Engines: 32
- Wet Mass: 4.38E+5kg
- Dry Mass: 1.58E+5kg