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Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle TechnologyGoddard Rockets to Minuteman III$
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J.D Hunley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031774

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031774.001.0001

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The Titan I and II, 1955–1966

The Titan I and II, 1955–1966

(p.249) 8 The Titan I and II, 1955–1966
Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology

J. D. Hunley

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the development of the Titan I and Titan II missiles. Titan I began essentially as insurance for Atlas in case the earlier missile's technology proved unworkable. Accordingly, the major new feature of the first of the Titans was the capability to start a large second-stage engine at high altitude. Titan II became the first (and last) large ballistic missile to use storable hypergolic propellants, and the capability such propellants offered for rapid launch became important for the Titan III launch-vehicle concept.

Keywords:   missile technology, ballistic missiles, missile development, rocket development, Atlas missile

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