NROL-61 and the Lizard

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully delivered a classified national security satellite on Thursday July 28, 2016 using an Atlas V in a 421 configuration, with two solid rocket boosters for added takeoff thrust and a 4 meter diameter payload fairing, the XEPF (Extra Extended Payload Fairing).

The NROL-61 is the third NRO launch of the year but is the first time a 421 configuration is used for an NRO mission, suggesting the satellite is a new project or a modified follow-on to an existing program.
Continuing with a tradition of interesting mission insignias chosen by the NRO, the NROL-61 logo features an anthropomorphized lizard riding on the Atlas V rocket. Nicknamed Spike, this mission’s mascot is part of a STEM initiative of the NRO.

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The paper model for this presentation is my Atlas V 400 Series in 421 configuration in 1:96 scale sporting the Extra Extended Payload Fairing and 2 Solid fuel boosters.
This model is a great addition to the growing collection of my Atlas V rockets, and is a special one because of the funny looking logo.

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So, check out the details of the model and add it to your collection!

image Comparison of the different type of payload fairings for the Atlas V 400 Series, the Long Payload Fairing, the Extended Payload Fairing and the Extra Extended Payload Fairing.

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Solid rocket boosters position

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Enjoy and send your comments!

Download file:
AXMAtlasV_NROL61_96

Source: Spaceflight101.com, Spaceflightnow.com

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