Titan Missile Technical
| The Titan was a
spin-off from the Atlas Missile Program. The Atlas was
essentially a giant fuel tank with guidance equipment and warhead
on the nose and engines at the rear. The fuel tank was the
structure. It was a single stage missile.
The Titan was a two stage missile. This necessitated an
internal structure. Each of the two stages carried liquid
oxygen and rocket propulsion fuel.
The most notable difference between the Titan I and
Titan II was the type of oxidizer and propellant each used. Titan
I used liquid oxygen as an oxidizer. It was cryogenic, meaning it
had to be kept at an extremely low temperature, generally
around-1950C. It had to be stored in special refrigerated tanks
and pumped aboard the missile before it was fired. Liquid oxygen
is extremely volatile, inflammable, and very difficult to handle,
especially within the confines of an enclosed missile silo.
|Length: 98 ft. 4 in.
ft. 0 in.
Weight: 221,500 lbs. at launch
Engines: Two Aerojet-General liquid propellant boosters; an
stage engine of 430,000 lbs. thrust and a second stage of 80,000 lbs. thrust
Max. speed: 15,000 mph. / 13,904 knots
Max. range: 6,300 statute miles / 5,475 nautical miles
altitude: 620 statute miles / 538 nautical miles