zerm - 27/10/2006 9:50 PMI'm currently writing the instructions for my Dr. Zooch Titan IIIC SLV5 flying model rocket kit and in doing so I have run into a trivial question of the proper name for the strap-on solids. I've found some sources of the 1960s referring to them as "Solid Rocket Motors" while many sources of the later decades call them Solid Rocket Boosters and then note them as being similar to the Shuttle's SRBs. I know that a single segment of an SRB is called a Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) and that when combined with other segments they are then called Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB). My question is, what should I correctly call these strap ons in my instructions and what were they actually called back in 1965 when SLV5 was launched? Does anyone out there have the answer?
zerm - 28/10/2006 5:14 PMThanks everyone for the answers. This helps a great deal. Now when some smart apple comes out of the woodwork blabbing about how I got my terms wrong- I can tell 'em to log on here and talk to you folks instead of yacking at me. When you need the facts fast and correct- NSF is the place to come!
Jun 22, 2023 #titan #kscMultiple camera views of the first Titan IIIC launch on June 18, 1965. Side-by-side views are shown along with historical narration and recreated flight audio. AI upscale (Topaz AI) was used to resample the film to full HD resolution. While it works in most cases, some artifacts are present in some sequences. Sound and image cleanup, conversion to original 24 fps frame rate, geometry correction and AI upscale and color restoration by RetroSpace HD.========================================The Titan IIIC was an expendable launch system used by the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1982.It was the first Titan booster to feature large solid rocket motors and was planned to be used as a launcher for the Dyna-Soar, though the spaceplane was canceled before it could fly. The majority of the launcher's payloads were DoD satellites, for military communications and early warning, though one flight (ATS-6) was performed by NASA. The Titan IIIC was launched exclusively from Cape Canaveral while its sibling, the Titan IIID, was launched only from Vandenberg AFB.
On the morning of August 26, 1966, the Cape was treated to a dramatic flight failure as the fifth Titan IIIC lifted from LC-41 with several IDCSP satellites intended to be used for Army communication in Indochina. At around T+15 seconds, pieces of the payload shroud started breaking off.
Only 15 seconds? That's way before Max-Q. Of course, with those solids the Titan III would have been a rough ride.
Aviation Week had a great cover showing this very launch mishap