Solid Rocket Motors


    Solid Rocket Motors

    Four solid rocket boosters strapped onto the common core booster add to the thrust that is produced by the first stage. Each of these boosters is 64 feet (19.5 meters) long and 61 inches (155 centimeters) in diameter, and delivers about 306,000 pounds (1.36 million newtons) of thrust.

    • Atlas V Booster Rocket Soars
    • Atlas V Booster Rocket
    • Booster Rocket Will Give Atlas V a Boost

    The major elements of the Atlas V-541 rocket that were used for the Mars Science Laboratory mission are:

    Stage 1: Atlas V Rocket

    Solid Rocket Motors

    Stage 2: Centaur

    Payload Fairing