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Offline spacenut

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Fairing Size and what Rocket
« on: 03/25/2016 01:56 pm »
What is the largest existing fairing size and what rocket is it flown with? 

What are plans for larger fairings and by what rocket company? 

Are there any payloads or planned requiring a larger fairing that what exists now?

Offline Kryten

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #1 on: 03/25/2016 02:09 pm »
The largest current fairing by diameter is Ariane 5's at 5.4 metres, and by length is the 19.8 metre aluminum fairing used on Delta IV Heavy (and formerly Titan IV).

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #2 on: 03/25/2016 02:52 pm »
The largest current fairing by diameter is Ariane 5's at 5.4 metres,

Atlas is the same fairing.

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #3 on: 03/25/2016 05:55 pm »
« Last Edit: 03/25/2016 05:57 pm by Proponent »

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #4 on: 03/25/2016 08:44 pm »
What was the largest fairing ever flown?  Skylab?
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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #5 on: 03/25/2016 11:17 pm »
Space Shuttle ;)
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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #6 on: 03/26/2016 12:20 am »
Space Shuttle ;)

Buran may have been slightly bigger than shuttle, according to a quick look I just made.  Don't forget our Russian friends...   :)

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #7 on: 03/26/2016 03:04 am »
Polyus?

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #8 on: 03/26/2016 04:07 pm »
The Shuttle payload bay has the same width (15 ft) as the inside of the Atlas V/Ariane 5 5m fairing.  The Orbiter external dimensions are considerably larger, of course, if you insist on calling the whole Orbiter an extraordinarily heavy payload fairing.

Buran never deployed a payload, so you can't really call the Orbiter a payload fairing.

Polyus was 4.1m, same as other large Soviet modules of the time.

Skylab was 22 ft (6.7m).

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #9 on: 03/27/2016 12:32 pm »

What are plans for larger fairings and by what rocket company? 
SLS is looking at 8.4m & 10m cargo fairings.

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #10 on: 03/27/2016 01:22 pm »
Just to add to rayleighscatter's post above, here are a few numbers for the SLS fairing concepts.

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #11 on: 03/27/2016 04:47 pm »
The Shuttle payload bay has the same width (15 ft) as the inside of the Atlas V/Ariane 5 5m fairing.


15 ft = 4.6 m < 5.4 m

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #12 on: 03/27/2016 05:38 pm »
The Shuttle payload bay has the same width (15 ft) as the inside of the Atlas V/Ariane 5 5m fairing.


15 ft = 4.6 m < 5.4 m

Maximum static payload diameter for both shuttle bay and Atlas V 5m fairing is 180 inches (15 ft).
« Last Edit: 03/27/2016 05:38 pm by AnalogMan »

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Re: Fairing Size and what Rocket
« Reply #13 on: 09/25/2016 03:38 pm »
Seems like the 7m fairing on the New Glenn is going to add a new element to the mix.

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