Titan I

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Titan I
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Launch of a Titan I ICBM from Cape Canaveral
Stages 2
1 - 1st Stage Engines LR87-AJ-3
Thrust 1,334 kN
Burn time 140 seconds
Fuels RP-1/LOX
2 - 2nd Stage Engine LR91-AJ-3
Thrust 356 kN
Burn time 155 seconds
Fuels RP-1/LOX
ICBM 1st Launch February 1959
Payload LEO 3,000 lb (1,816 kg)

The Titan I was the United States' first true multistage ICBM. It was the first in a series of Titan rockets, but was unique among them in that it used LOX and RP-1 as its fuels, while the later versions all used storable fuels instead.

Titan 1 complex at , April . The  flyby was staged for  .
Titan 1 complex at Beale AFB, April 1962. The B-52 flyby was staged for the 1963 movie A Gathering of Eagles.

The program began in January 1955 and took shape in parallel with the Atlas (SM-65/HGM-25) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Air Force's goal in launching the Titan program was twofold: one, to serve as a backup should Atlas fail; and two, to develop a large, two-stage missile with a longer range and bigger payload that also could serve as a booster for space flights.

The XB-68 designation had originally been applied to a stillborne jet bomber design by Martin which was cancelled before two prototypes and one test model were completed.

Produced by the Glenn L. Martin Company (which became "The Martin Company" in 1957), Titan I was a two-stage, liquid-fueled missile. The first stage delivered 300,000 pounds force (1,334 kN) of thrust, the second stage 80,000 pounds force (356 kN). The fact that Titan I, like Atlas, burned RP-1 and LOX was a severe drawback.

The missile utilized both radio and all-inertial guidance. Deployed in a "hard" underground silo, it had to be raised to surface by a special launcher for firing. The Titan I had an effective range of 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km). As each stage was fired, its engines and fuel tanks dropped away, thereby decreasing the mass of the vehicle. That made for a more efficient missile, which resulted in increased range and enabled a larger payload.

When the storable fueled Titan II and the solid fueled Minuteman I were deployed in 1963, the Titan I and Atlas missiles became obsolete. They were retired from service as ICBMs in early 1965. The Titan II remained in service until the 1980s however, as it carried a much larger payload that could be used as an effective "city buster".

Titan 1 Specifications

  • Liftoff thrust: 1,296 kN Total mass: 105,142 kg
  • Core diameter: 3.1 m. Total length: 31.0 m
  • Development Cost: $ 1,643,300,000.00 in 1960 Dollars.
  • Flyaway cost: $ 1,500,000.00 each, in 1962 Dollars.
  • Total development missiles built: 47. Total missiles fired: 68.
  • Total production missiles built: 108. Total deployed missiles: 54.
Titan 1 ICBM Underground Silo Complex
Titan 1 ICBM Underground Silo Complex
  • Titan 1 First Stage:
  • Gross mass: 76,203 kg
  • Empty mass: 4,000 kg
  • Thrust (vac): 1,467 kN
  • Isp (vac): 290 s (2.84 kNs/kg)
  • Isp (sea level): 256 s (2.51 kNs/kg)
  • Burn time: 138 s
  • Diameter: 3.1 m
  • Span: 3.1 m
  • Length: 16.0 m
  • Propellants: Liquid Oxygen (Lox) / Kerosene.
  • Number of engines: Two - LR-87-3.
  • Titan 1 Second Stage:
  • Gross mass: 28,939 kg
  • Empty mass: 1,725 kg
  • Thrust (vac):356 kN
  • Isp (vac): 308 s (3.02 kNs/kg)
  • Isp (sea level): 210 s (2.06 kNs/kg)
  • Burn time: 225 s
  • Diameter: 2.3 m
  • Span: 2.3 m
  • Length: 9.8 m
  • Propellants: Liquid Oxygen (Lox) / Kerosene.
  • Number of engines: One - LR-91-3.

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