Beal BA-2 is a three-stage launcher, built entirely from private money, which will begin
service in 2002 launching satellites weighing up to 6,000 kg (13,200 lb) to GTO from
Beal's launch site on Sombrero Island. The BA-2 is 64.6 meters (212 feet) tall and
6.2 meters (20.4 ft) in diameter and will weight approximately 970 tons
(2.1 Mlbm) at liftoff.
Each stage of the Beal Aerospace BA-2 has a
single, pressure fed kerosene and hydrogen peroxide engine. Beal is developing all
aspects of the launch vehicle, including the engines. As of May 1999, Beal had
constructed and tested a 30,000 lbf third stage engine. Once the design has been
perfected, the third stage engine will be scaled up to power the first and second
stages. When completed, the first stage engine will deliver more than 1,500 tons of
thrust and be the largest engine ever developed. The
structure and tanks of the BA-2
will be constructed almost entirely of composite filament wound structures, permitting the
pressure vessels to be lightweight, highly durable and strong.
8000 Dallas North Pkwy.
Frisco, Texas 75034
|Point of Contact
972.668.2000 ext: 2004
||Sombrero Island (17.6
deg. N Latitude)
Aerospace Web Site
Beal BA-2 Payload User's Guide