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Comparison of medium lift launch systems

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For this article, medium-capacity launch systems are determined as being those capable of lifting at least 2,000kg, but less than 20,000kg to low Earth orbit.

Rocket Country Manufacturer Mass to
LEO
(kg)
Mass to
GTO
(kg)
Cost
(Mil US$)
Cost/kg
(LEO)
Cost/kg
(GTO)
Record Status
Ariane 1  Europe Arianespace 1,830 9/11 Retired
Ariane 2  Europe Arianespace 2,270 6/7 Retired
Ariane 3  Europe Arianespace 2,650 9/10 Retired
Ariane 4 40  Europe Arianespace 2,100 7/7 Retired
Ariane 4 42L  Europe Arianespace 3,480 13/13 Retired
Ariane 4 44L  Europe Arianespace 4,720 39/40 Retired
Ariane 4 44LP  Europe Arianespace 4,220 25/26 Retired
Ariane 4 42P  Europe Arianespace 2,930 14/15 Retired
Ariane 4 44P  Europe Arianespace 3,460 15/15 Retired
Ariane 5G  Europe Arianespace 16,000 6,000 13/16 Retired
Ariane 5G+  Europe Arianespace 6,150 3/3 Retired
Ariane 5GS  Europe Arianespace 6,700 5/5 Active
Atlas G  United States Lockheed 3,630 2,255 5/7 Retired
Atlas H  United States Lockheed 3,630 2,255 5/5 Retired
Atlas I  United States Lockheed Martin 3,630 2,255 8/11 Retired
Atlas II  United States Lockheed Martin 6,580 2,810 10/10 Retired
Atlas IIA  United States Lockheed Martin 7,280 3,039 23/23 Retired
Atlas IIAS  United States Lockheed Martin 8,610 3,630 20/20 Retired
Atlas IIIA  United States Lockheed Martin 8,640 4,055 2/2 Retired
Atlas IIIB  United States Lockheed Martin 10,218 4,500 4/4 Retired
Atlas V 401  United States United Launch Alliance 4,951 5/6 Active
Atlas V 411  United States United Launch Alliance 5,951 2/2 Active
Atlas V 421  United States United Launch Alliance 6,832 3/3 Active
Atlas V 431  United States United Launch Alliance 7,642 1/1 Active
Atlas V 501  United States United Launch Alliance 3,971 0/0 Active
Atlas V 511  United States United Launch Alliance 5,271 0/0 Active
Atlas V 521  United States United Launch Alliance 6,287 2/2 Active
Atlas V 531  United States United Launch Alliance 7,202 0/0 Active
Atlas V 541  United States United Launch Alliance 7,982 0/0 Active
Atlas V 551  United States United Launch Alliance 8,672 1/1 Active
Commercial Titan III  United States Martin Marietta 14,515 1,850 3/4 Retired
Delta 4925  United States McDonnell Douglas 3,400 1,200 2/2 Retired
Delta 5920  United States McDonnell Douglas 3,848 N/A N/A 1/1 Retired
Delta II 6920  United States McDonnell Douglas N/A N/A 3/3 Retired
Delta II 6925  United States McDonnell Douglas 14/14 Retired
Delta II 7320  United States United Launch Alliance N/A N/A 8/8 Active
Delta II 7326  United States United Launch Alliance 3/3 Active
Delta II 7420  United States United Launch Alliance N/A N/A 12/12 Active
Delta II 7425  United States United Launch Alliance 4/4 Active
Delta II 7426  United States United Launch Alliance 1/1 Active
Delta II 7920  United States United Launch Alliance N/A N/A 24/24 Active
Delta II 7925  United States United Launch Alliance 65/67 Active
Delta II 7920H  United States United Launch Alliance 1,816 N/A N/A 2/2 Active
Delta II 7925H  United States United Launch Alliance 5,089 1,818 3/3 Active
Delta III 8930  United States Boeing 8,290 3,810 0/3 Retired
Delta IVM 9040  United States United Launch Alliance 4,210 3/3 Active
Delta IVM+(4,2) 9240  United States United Launch Alliance 5,845 3/3 Active
Delta IVM+(5,2) 9250  United States United Launch Alliance 4,640 0/0 Active
Delta IVM+(5,4) 9450  United States United Launch Alliance 6,565 0/0 Active
Dnepr-1  Ukraine ISC Kosmotras 4,500 11/12 Active
Falcon 9  United States SpaceX 9,900 4,900 0/0 Development
PSLV  India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 2,000 1,500 Retired
PSLV-CA  India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 2,300 1,600 Active
PSLV-XL  India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 2,600 1,800 Active
PSLV-HP  India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 3,000 2,000 Development
GSLV Mk.I(a)  India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 5,000 2,500 2/2 Retired
GSLV Mk.I(b)  India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 6,100 3,000 2/3 Retired
GSLV Mk.II  India Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 7,200 4,100 Active
GX  Japan Galaxy Express 3,600 0/0 Development
H-I  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 3,200 1,100 9/9 Retired
H-II  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 10,060 3,930 4/7 Retired
H-IIA 202  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 10,000 4,100 3/3 Active
H-IIA 2022  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 10,740 4,500 3/3 Active
H-IIA 2024  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 11,730 5,000 6/7 Active
H-IIA 204  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 15,000 6,000 1/1 Active
H-IIB  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 19,000 8,000 0/0 Development
Long March 2C  People's Republic of China CALT 2,400 Active
Long March 2D  People's Republic of China CALT 3,500 Active
Long March 2E  People's Republic of China CALT 9,200 3,370 5/7 Retired
Long March 2F  People's Republic of China CALT 8,400 3,370 7/7 Active
Long March 3  People's Republic of China CALT 5,000 1,340 10/13 Retired
Long March 3A  People's Republic of China CALT 8,500 2,300 14/14 Active
Long March 3B  People's Republic of China CALT 12,000 5,100 8/9 Active
Long March 3C  People's Republic of China CALT 3,700 1/1 Active
Long March 4A  People's Republic of China CALT 4,000 2/2 Retired
Long March 4B  People's Republic of China CALT 4,200 1,500 11/11 Active
Long March 4C  People's Republic of China CALT 4,200 1,500 3/3 Active
Molniya  Soviet Union RSC Energia Retired
Molniya-M  Soviet Union
 Russia
RSC Energia Active
N-II  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 2,000 730 8/8 Retired
Saturn I  United States Chrysler (S-I)
Douglas (S-IV)
9,000 10/10 Retired
Saturn IB  United States Chrysler (S-IB)
Douglas (S-IVB)
15,300 9/9 Retired
Soyuz  Soviet Union RSC Energia 28/30 Retired
Soyuz-L  Soviet Union RSC Energia 3/3 Retired
Soyuz-M  Soviet Union RSC Energia 8/8 Retired
Soyuz-U  Soviet Union
 Russia
RSC Energia Active
Soyuz-U2  Soviet Union
 Russia
RSC Energia 7,050 90/92 Retired
Soyuz-FG  Russia RSC Energia 7,800 26/26 Active
Soyuz-2.1a  Russia RSC Energia 3/3 Active
Soyuz-2.1b  Russia RSC Energia 1/1 Active
Taurus II  United States Orbital Sciences 5,500 0/0 Development
Titan II GLV  United States Martin Marietta 3,600 12/12* Retired
Titan II 23G  United States Martin Marietta 3,175 12/13 Retired
Titan IIIA  United States Martin Marietta 3,100 3/4 Retired
Titan IIIB  United States Martin Marietta Retired
Titan IIIC  United States Martin Marietta 13,100 3,000 31/36 Retired
Titan IIID  United States Martin Marietta 12,300 22/22 Retired
Titan IIIE  United States Martin Marietta 15,400 6/7 Retired
Titan 34D  United States Martin Marietta 14,515 5,000 12/15 Retired
Titan IVA  United States Martin Marietta 17,700 6,350 20/22 Retired
Tsyklon  Soviet Union Yuzhmash 3,000 7/8 Retired
Tsyklon-2  Soviet Union
 Ukraine
Yuzhmash 2,820 105/106 Retired
Tsyklon-3  Soviet Union
 Ukraine
Yuzhmash 4,100 114/122 Retired
Tsyklon-4  Ukraine Yuzhmash 5,500 1,700 0/0 Development
Voskhod  Soviet Union RSC Energia 5,900 277/300 Retired
Vostok-L  Soviet Union RSC Energia 4,550 3/4 Retired
Vostok-K  Soviet Union RSC Energia 4,730 11/13 Retired
Vostok-2  Soviet Union RSC Energia 4,730 40/45 Retired
Vostok-2M  Soviet Union RSC Energia 92/94 Retired
Soyuz/Vostok  Soviet Union RSC Energia 4,500 2/2 Retired
Zenit-2  Soviet Union
 Ukraine
Yuzhnoye 13,740 31/37 Retired
Zenit-2M (2SLB)  Ukraine Yuzhnoye 12,030 1/1 Active
Zenit-3SL  Ukraine Yuzhnoye 5,250 25/28 Active
Zenit-3SLB (3M)  Ukraine Yuzhnoye 3,750 1/2 Active
Zenit-3SLBF  Ukraine Yuzhnoye 0/0 Development
* - ''including sub-orbital flights''

See also




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