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Titan Space-Launch Vehicles, 1961–1990

J. D. Hunley

in U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031781
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031781.003.0007
Titan Space-Launch Vehicles, 1961–1990

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This chapter discusses the development of the Titan family of space-launch vehicles. While NASA was just getting started with the massive development effort for the Saturn launch vehicles, the Air Force began work on what became the Titan family of launch vehicles, beginning with the Titan IIIs and ending with Titan IVBs. Essentially, most of these vehicles consisted of upgraded Titan II cores with a series of upper stages. Most of the vehicles also used a pair of huge, segmented strap-on solid-propellant motors to supplement the thrust of the Titan II core vehicle. And after September 1988 a limited number of actual Titan IIs, refurbished and equipped with technology and hardware from the Titan III program, joined the other members of the Titan family of launch vehicles. Beginning in June 1989, Titan IV with a stretched core and with seven (instead of Titan III's five or five and a half) segments in its solid rocket motors became the newest member of the Titan family.

Keywords: Titan; space launch vehicle technology; rocket technology; core vehicle; Titan II

Chapter.  18292 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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