Vehicles, or ELV's, are vehicles designed to launch a payload into
space. Historically, payloads have been government and
commercial communications satellites, weather satellites, remote
observation satellites as well as many other types of unique space
An expendable launch
vehicle is made up of one or more rocket stages. After each
stage has burned its compliment of propellant, it is expended
(jettisoned from the vehicle) and left to crash back to Earth.
This section provides
an overview of the world's fleet of expendable launch vehicles.