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Delta M

 

 

DELTA M FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

DELTA M

 

Classification: Space Launch Vehicle

 

Length: 106 feet, 4 inches

 

Diameter: 8 feet

 

Date of First Cape Canaveral Launch: September 18, 1968

 

Date of Final Cape Canaveral Launch: February 2, 1971

 

Number Launched from Cape Canaveral: 12

 

Like the Delta L, the Delta M was referred to as a Long Tank Delta (LTD) or Long Tank Thrust Augmented Delta (LTTAD).

 

However, the Delta M was a Delta J with an elongated first stage fuel tank and improved Castor solid rocket boosters.

 

Stated more simply, the Delta L and Delta M were identical except for the third stage. The Delta L carried the Delta E third stage, while the Delta M carried the Delta J third stage.

 

The Delta M could carry a 2,200-pound payload to low-Earth orbit or a 785-pound payload to geostationary transfer orbit.

 


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