Air Force retires the Delta II rocket

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After 20 years and over 50 launches the Air Force launched the final Delta II into the dawn sky on August 17th. The launch was flawless as the Delta II lofted a GPS satellite into orbit.

The Delta II launched many famous missions. The Mars Rovers and the Mars Phoenix Lander are among them. We also should mention that one of the more spectacular explosions at the cape was of a Delta II rocket.

More on the successful August 17th, 2009 launch here.

Build your on paper model of a Delta Rocket at Phillip Lansbergen’s site (click on models)
You can find many more paper models in my Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide

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Nice diagram of Delta II - click to enlarge

Delta II Statistics:

Size
Height 38.2 – 39 m (125.3 – 127 ft)
Diameter 2.44 m (8 ft)
Mass 151,700 – 231,870 kg
(334,300 – 511,180 lb)
Stages 2 or 3
Capacity
Payload to
LEO
2,700 – 6,100 kg
(5,960 – 13,440 lb)
Payload to
GTO
900 – 2,170 kg
(1,980 – 4,790 lb)
Payload to
HCO
1,000 kg (2,200 lb)
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