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BA-2

BA-2

Beal Aerospace's BA-2 was an example of the "Big Dumb Booster" concept. Consisting of three stages with pressure-fed engines (Kerosene and Hydrogen peroxide), it was to lift Ariane-5-class payloads to GTO. The BA-2 was to be 64.6 meters tall and 6.2 meters in diameter and will weight approximately 970 tons at liftoff.

The structural elements of the BA-2 were to be constructed from filament-wound graphite. The first two stages were to have one fixed engine each, with fluid injection providing thrust-vector control. The third stage was to have a engine with electromechanical gimbaling.

Launch site was to be Sombrero Island in the Caribic.

With declining market prospects, the project was cancelled, after tests of 2nd and 3rd stage engines (BA-810 and BA-44) were successfully conducted.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
BA-2 Stage 1 / BA-3200 Stage 2 / BA-810 Stage 3 / BA-44
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
BA-2 17000 12000 5800 -