The Titan I and II, 1955–1966

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031774
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038551 | DOI:
The Titan I and II, 1955–1966

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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

Chapter.  15647 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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