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  Air Force Facility Missile Site 8 (571-7) Military Reservation -- Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms: A National ...
The Titan II missiles were contructed to survive a first strike nuclear attack from the Soviet Union and to retaliate.
Titan II carried the largest single warhead used in the ICBM program and was capable of destroying targets that Atlas, Titan I and Minuteman I and II could not.
The Titan II, designed by the Martin Company in 1958, had superior liquid propellants than the Titan I. Instead of taking 15 to 20 minutes to raise, fuel and launch Atlas or Titan I missiles, the Titan II could be launched from the underground silo in less then one minute.
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  Intercontinental ballistic missile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ballistic warheads are protected by heatshields constructed of materials such as pyrolytic graphite, and in early missiles, thick plywood.
Strategic missile systems are thought to use custom integrated circuits designed to calculate navigational differential equations thousands to millions of times per second in order to reduce navigational errors caused by calculation alone.
The Missile Badge is presented to commissioned officers while the Space and Missile Pin is awarded to silo ground and support personnel.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Intercontinental_ballistic_missile   (1904 words)

 Intercontinental ballistic missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
An intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, is a long-range ballistic missile using a ballistic trajectory involving a significant ascent and descent, including sub-orbital flight.
An ICBM differs little technically from other ballistic missiles such as intermediate-range ballistic missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, or the newly named theater ballistic missiles; these are differentiated only by maximum range.
ICBMs are based either in missile silos, which offer some protection from military attack (including, the designers hope, some protection from a nuclear first strike), or on submarines, rail cars or heavy trucks, which are mobile and therefore hard to find.
www.arikah.net /encyclopedia/Inter-continental_ballistic_missile   (1363 words)

The Titan III launch vehicle was the result of an effort by military planners to increase low orbit payload weight to 25,000 pounds, establish a high degree of standardization, and provide significantly greater economies of operation, using a vehicle assembled from standard building blocks and possessing high reliability and mission flexibility.
The Titan III designation was initially used in mid-1959 for a two stage 160-inch diameter non-cryogenic missile (with a Centaur third stage) as a successor to Titan II with a capability of fulfilling the Saturn space mission.
Titan IIIA was a two-stage liquid-propellant vehicle that employed two solid-propellant motors to augment the thrust capability of the basic vehicle during lift-off.
www.fas.org /spp/military/program/launch/titan.htm   (4681 words)

 cars - Titan (rocket family)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Titan II is a hypergolicly-fueled two-stage ICBM that was used by the U.S. Air Force from the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s.
The Titan 23B and its derivatives (24B, 33B, and 34B) are Titan IIs with an Agena D upper stage.
The 54 Titan II's were replaced in the U.S. arsenal by 50 MX Peacekeeper solid fuel missiles in late 1980s.
www.carluvers.com /cars/Titan_rocket   (673 words)

 Intercontinental ballistic missile: Definition and links.
Intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBM's are long-range missiles using a ballistic trajectory involving a significant ascent and descent including suborbital and partial orbital trajectories.
An ICBM differs little technically from other ballistic missiles, the IRBM[?], SRBM[?] or the newly named theatre ballistic missile[?]; all are defined in terms of maximum range.
It also proved to be an "easy answer" to the deployment of ABM systems – it was less expensive to add more warheads to an existing missile than build the missiles to shoot down the additional warheads.
www.encyclopedian.com /in/Intercontinental-ballistic-missile.html   (185 words)

The CSS-3 is a two-stage liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile.
For ballistic missiles with low accuracy (for example, "city buster" nuclear weapons as opposed to those designed to hit ICBM silos), the mechanisms for payload separation can be similar to those used on rockets.
For example, the acoustic environment for a solid propellant missile is different than that for a liquid-propellant missile and, therefore, a guidance system from a liquid-propellant space launch vehicle may not function adequately in a solid-propellant ballistic missile.
www.msnbc.com /specials/coxreport/4Missiles.htm   (15811 words)

 Titan ICBM, Arizona   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For over twenty years the missiles were kept in a state of readiniess in their underground silos, fuelled with propellant and armed with nuclear warheads.
Missile rockets were retrofitted and used to launch weather and communications satellites.
Before the missile was placed in the silo modifications had to be made to the both silo and missile that could be verified by ground inspection and satellite observation.
colinday0.tripod.com /arizona/titan1.html   (559 words)

 The Ultimate Titan II - American History Information Guide and Reference   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Titan II is a medium-lift space launch vehicle used to carry payloads for the Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The Titan rocket family was established in October 1955, when the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (formerly the Martin Company) a contract to build an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
A single missile still rests in its silo (without its warhead) and is open to the public as the Titan Missile Museum.
www.historymania.com /american_history/Titan_II   (457 words)

The Titan launch vehicle is based on the Titan 2 intercontinental ballistic missile, which entered service in the early 1960's, as was retired from service in mid-1987.
There are also a variety of Titan space launch vehicles that use a liquid propellant core vehicle, based on the Titan 2, with the addition of strap-on solid rocket motors.
The Titan 4 is a new version of the Titan with a longer liquid propellant tanks in the first stage, and with larger solid motors.
www.globalsecurity.org /space/systems/titan.htm   (649 words)

 SPACE.com -- NOAA-M Weather Satellite Launched into Polar Orbit Atop Historic Titan 2
The Titan 2 used Monday sat beneath the ground in Little Rock, Arkansas from 1969 to 1987 with a nuclear warhead in its nosecone.
With the end of the Cold War the missile was deactivated, removed from its silo and shipped to Denver, where Lockheed Martin workers refurbished the hardware and transformed the Titan 2 from a missile to a rocket.
The Titan 2 served NASA in 1965-1966, launching two unmanned and ten manned flights during Project Gemini, which paved the way for the Apollo moon landings later in the decade.
www.space.com /missionlaunches/titan2_launch_020624.html   (810 words)

 Spaceflight :Ballistic Missile Defense
Missile warheads are so small and travel so fast that it is virtually impossible for a defensive weapon to hit them-a fact that remains almost as true today as it was during the 1950s.
The first serious study of what was called an “anti-missile missile” dates to as early as 1956, when a U.S. scientific group evaluated the challenges of shooting down ballistic missile warheads.
The Iraqi use of Scud missiles during the 1991 Persian Gulf War demonstrated that American troops abroad were also at risk from missile attack.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/SPACEFLIGHT/missile_defense/SP39.htm   (1561 words)

 Intercontinental ballistic missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
An ICBM differs little technically from other ballistic missiles such as the IRBM, SRBM or newly named theatre ballistic missile; they are differentiated by way of maximum range.
It has also proved to be an "easy answer" to the deployment of ABM systems – it is far less expensive to add more warheads to an existing missile system than to build an ABM system capable of shooting down the additional warheads.
In addition, modern ICBMs tend to use solid fuel, which can be stored easily for long periods of time, and are based either in missile silos, which offer some protection from a first strike, or on submarines or rail cars, which are mobile and therefore hard to find.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/intercontinental_ballistic_missile   (380 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Titan Launch Report | Coriolis launched to track ocean winds, solar storms
The Titan 2 used in Monday's launch was one of 14 ICBMs converted by Lockheed Martin to serve as a space launch vehicle.
For the Titan team at Vandenberg, focus now shifts to the mid-May launch of the Air Force's DMSP F-16 weather satellite aboard the final Titan 2 rocket mission currently on the books.
Titan 2 - Description of the former ICBM missile converted to a space launch vehicle.
www.spaceflightnow.com /titan/g4   (1171 words)

 ICBMs: By-products of the Cold War - vce.com
As a result, ballistic missiles became sufficiently accurate and powerful to destroy targets 8000 km (5000 mi) away.
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile stands 75ft high and 10 ft in diameter.
Titan II in silo Intercontinental Ballistic Missile 103 ft high, 10 ft in diameter
www.vce.com /icbm.html   (262 words)

 Spaceflight Now | Titan Launch Report | The Titan 2 rocket
The Space and Missile Systems Center is a unit of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and is the center of technical excellence for researching, developing and purchasing military space systems.
The Titan 2 space-launch vehicles are decommissioned ICBMs that have been refurbished and equipped with hardware required for use as space launch vehicles.
The deactivated missiles are now in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. The Air Force successfully launched the first Titan 2 space launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB September 5, 1988.
spaceflightnow.com /titan/g4/021212titan2.html   (651 words)

 The Titan Missile Museum | The Big Waste of Space Photologue
Further conditions of the agreement that allowed the vehicle to remain dictated that the missile had to be left above ground for thirty days revealing the hole in the nose cone, proving beyond doubt that it was unusable.
The missile would be on its way, destination unknown, in less than a minute from the time the crew received its orders.
This tunnel is suspended, as is the control center, to absorb the shock from a nearby attack and from the launch of the Titan rocket itself.
www.bigwaste.com /photos/az/titan   (1016 words)

 C-SPAN: Report on Chinese Espionage
In addition to the ballistic missiles themselves, the Soviet Union provided the PRC with blueprints for the R-2 missiles, and with advisors to assist in the PRC's development of a copy of the R-2.
The PRC's ballistic missile and space programs received substantial assistance during their early development from Qian Xuesen (also known as Tsien Hsue-Shen), a Chinese citizen who was trained in the United States and had worked on classified U.S. missile programs, including the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile program.
Qian Xuesen became instrumental in the PRC's ballistic missiles program, where he is known as the "father of China's ballistic missile force." A biography of Qian published in the PRC states that he "made significant contributions to the rapid development of Chinese rockets [and] missiles, as well as space flight." 3
www.christusrex.org /www2/china/Missiles/page1.html   (2083 words)

 USATODAY.com - Interceptor missile fails in test launch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Missile Defense Agency has attempted to conduct the test several times this month, but scrubbed each one for a variety of reasons, including various weather problems and a malfunction on a recovery vessel not directly related to the equipment being tested.
A target missile carrying a mock warhead was successfully launched as scheduled from Kodiak, Alaska, at 12:45 a.m.
The military is in final preparations to activate missile defenses designed to protect against an intercontinental ballistic missile attack from North Korea or elsewhere in eastern Asia.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2004-12-15-missile-test-fails_x.htm   (344 words)

 Bernard Schriever Dies; General Led Missile Development
Chief among those weapons was the intercontinental ballistic missile, which could deliver a nuclear warhead halfway around the world.
At the time, the development of the missile had been given the highest priority in the United States as its Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union, was busy developing its own long-range ballistic missiles.
His office also was given the responsibility of developing the powerful missiles, which could travel as much as 5,000 miles, to launch the military's communication satellites.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/22/AR2005062202234_pf.html   (752 words)

 PRC Missile and Space Forces   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The CSS-3 is a two-stage liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile.
Missiles in silos are vulnerable to attack because their precise location can be known in advance.
the CSS-X-7 short-range ballistic missile, and the CSS-5 medium-range ballistic missile.
www.house.gov /hunter/CoxReport-missle.htm   (7556 words)

 Visit to Titan Missile Museum is a real blast
Now only one is left, this one, and it's been turned into the Titan Missile Museum — a swell exhibit that looks almost as it did between 1963 and 1982, when it protected us from the evil Soviets.
Before the missile was placed in the launch duct it was left on the ground for thirty days with holes cut in.
Without these special instructions, the missile would be like a chicken with its head cut off — but a lot more dangerous because a chicken doesn't have a nuke on its neck.
www.outwestnewspaper.com /titan.html   (1096 words)

 LGM-118A [MX] Peacekeeper ICBM United States Nuclear Forces
The entire missile is encased in a canister in the silo to protect it against damage and to permit "cold launch".
The 2,300 pound post-boost fourth stage vehicle was designed to maneuver the missile into position for the multiple reentry vehicles to deploy in their respective ballistic trajectories.
Progress toward the new missile was made on 4 April 1972 when Headquarters Air Force assigned the designation "Missile-X" (M-X) to the advanced ICBM and made the Space and Missile Systems Organization (SAMSO) responsible for developing it.
www.fas.org /nuke/guide/usa/icbm/lgm-118.htm   (2232 words)

The Martin Company proposed to the Department of Defense that the first stage of the Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile be combined with the Vanguard rocket to provide a launch vehicle capable of placing an instrument package into lunar orbit and on the lunar surface.
Titan plus Vanguard proposed to place instrument package into lunar orbit Nation: USA.
The Martin Company proposed to the Department of Defense (DOD) that a stage of the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile be combined with the Vanguard rocket to provide a launch vehicle capable of placing an instrument package into lunar orbit and, ultimately, on the lunar surface.
www.astronautix.com /lvs/titguard.htm   (171 words)

 Arizona Daily Wildcat - Titan Missile Museum Travelogue - Wednesday, June 15, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Snuffy explains that the missile was rendered inoperable in 1986, its fuel removed and holes cut into essential parts.
After we're told that missiles like this one were used "only to stop wars, never to start," and the mantra "peace through deterrence" is repeated several times, it's time to prove our dedication to peace by performing a simulated missile launch.
He walks us through the steps of a missile launch, imitates the ringing of a telephone, barks commands, and pretends to punch secret codes into the computers, until finally the old woman sitting at the control panel gets the go-ahead to turn the key.
wildcat.arizona.edu /papers/98/152/04_1.html   (959 words)

 Lockheed Martin's Last Titan IV Delivers National Security Payload To Space
Today's launch (pictured) was the last launch for the Titan IV and the culmination of a long evolution from the original Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile.
Today's launch was the last launch for the Titan IV and the culmination of a long evolution from the original Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile.
Titan initial IV A design was followed by Titan IV B with a new generation of large solid rocket motors, state-of-the-art guidance and electronics and a new ground processing system.
www.spacedaily.com /news/spysat-05l.html   (597 words)

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