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ATLAS V Launch Vehicle Family
The Atlas V Launch System is a family of vehicles in 2 versions, the 400 and 500 series. They all share the Common Core Booster (CCB), up to 5 strap-on Solid Rocket boosters (SRB), a Centaur stage and one of several Payload fairings (PLF). A three digit naming convention was developed for the Atlas V 400 and 500 series to identify its multiple configuration possibilities:
-1st digit= PLF diameter (4 or 5)
-2nd digit= No. of SRBs (0-5)
-3rd digit= No. of Centaur Engines (1 or 2)
The second number from the 3 digit system indicates the number of SRBs you need to add to your model. For example, 401 means there are no SRBs. The 431 indicates 3 SRBs. The same rule is for the 500 series. These photos show accurately the position of the SRBs for each configuration.
Atlas V Launch Pad Designer: Michael Knobloch
First two photos show the 1:96 pad with another version of the Atlas V rocket designed by John Jogerst. The rest of the photos show the pad with the AXM Atlas V rocket sent by Kurt Ehmann. These photos and the Launch Pad are used at this site with permission from their respective owners. The instruction manual is now available.
Here I present all the Atlas V configurations for both 400 and 500 series. This collection consists of early launches and all missions since 2010 up to the present.
Download the main rocket files from the box above, and complete it with the corresponding payload fairing from the files shown below.
As of August of 2012, the interstage section of the Common Core Booster had a color change from dark to white on the area where the SRBs attach. Starting with the RBSP mission, it is very likely that missions that follow will present this change.
The new mission kits will contain the new rocket file with the white interstage. If a mission kit does not have the current white interstage, please use the original rocket file from above. The photos shown below can tell which mission kits have the white interstage and the Series numbers (middle digit) will tell how many SRBs are to be used for that mission.
As of March 2015, the Avionics Pod or electronics tray that runs along the Atlas booster, changed colors from brown to greenish. It started with mission AFSPC-5 (OTV-4). It appears that this will be a standard feature because the following mission GPSIIF-10 also presented these changes.
Enjoy and collect them all !!
Follow more Atlas V missions at my blog
Source: ULA website
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