Titan II SLV & Launch Room

The Link to the Moon

Back when space felt out of our grasps, the Titan II rocket SLV was the main vehicle for the Gemini capsule. The Gemini Program was an early NASA program focused on human flight and helped scientists learn about the main components of space travel. The Titan II increased accuracy, launch time, and reliability at liftoff, making it possible for NASA to define and test the skills needed to go to the Moon.

History of The Titan II

October 1959

U.S. Air Force approves the Titan II program

Before its use during Gemini, the Titan program originated as a backup option to Atlas, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the United States. ICBMs were first deployed by the United States in the 1950s and continue to be considered a strategic defensive weapon.

In 1958, the Martin Company proposed the development of the Titan II, and in 1959, the United States Air Force approved the program.

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    The Stats

    103′

    Length

    10′

    Width (Diameter)

    330,000

    Pounds, Weight at Liftoff

    16,000

    MPH, Velocity

    Physical Description

    This aircraft is an upright, cylindrical, two-stage liquid-fueled space launch vehicle, or SLV. It was converted from an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and the re-entry capsule of the SLV seats two people. The launch platform is silo-based, and all ICBM launch facilities were built underground. The base of our SLV features three conical thrust chambers with wide openings facing down, while the top-end features one cone. The body of Titan II is silver-grey and features the U.S. Air Force logo just below the top cone and U.S. Air Force written vertically down one side in navy blue.

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