Originally posted by Xeven
I love when I see Russian success in their fledgling Democracy. Now they used an old 10 warhead ICMB to commericaly place satelites from several different nations into orbit for profit!
Awesome use of machines designed to kill millions. Grats to you Russians watching this site!
Russia's Satan Soars For Peaceful Profit
[edit on 30-6-2004 by Xeven]
The US has been doing this since the 1960's. Remember the original Atlas boosters (I think it was the Mercury missions)? Those were ICBM's. The Titan IV that is the US's heavy lift vehicle? It uses a Titan ICBM booster. Boeings Delta series? They are mased on the Thor IRBM.
A company called Orbital sciences also makes commercial launch vehicles based on both Minuteman and Peackeeper lower stages (the most recent launch was a Peacekeeper based rocket carrying a "weather" payload for Taiwan).