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Payload Launch

Payload Launch

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Launch vehicles vary in size, configuration, and capability. One primary distinction lies in the capability of a launcher to insert an object in an orbital or suborbital trajectory. Suborbital vehicles carry their payloads outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but they do not accelerate to the velocities needed to enter orbit and are generally much smaller and less sophisticated than orbital vehicles.


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