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Atlas HACL films
« on: 01/10/2018 11:24 PM »
Atlas 119D Midas 7 Launch 5/9/1973 VAFB

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Published on Jan 10, 2018

Two films from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

(L2 Article on launch: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27664.msg1571550#msg1571550)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wthXwT3Wgpg?t=001



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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #1 on: 01/12/2018 12:56 AM »
Atlas 233D Atlas 227D Agena 4802 KH-7 Gambit 12/18/1963 Vandenberg Air Force Base

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Published on Jan 11, 2018

Film from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZIZZj_Wqa0?t=001

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #2 on: 01/12/2018 03:47 AM »
Midas 7 was the first completely successful flight in the series, coming in between the two launch failures. Ten missile tests were detected by 7 in its month-long operation. Also the date on that video is incorrect, it should be 5/9/63, not 73.

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #3 on: 01/15/2018 07:02 PM »
HACL film 01131 The Star Builders GD Astronautics B-Roll

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Published on Jan 15, 2018

Film from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myCthjtk7hY?t=001

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #4 on: 01/15/2018 07:03 PM »
HACL film 01130 Atlas Agena 201D KH-7 Gambit 4001 7/12/1963

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Film from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAnJINpMmY8?t=001

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #5 on: 01/15/2018 07:06 PM »
HACL film 01129 Atlas Agena 201D KH-7 Gambit 4001 7/12/1963

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Film from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RkR4IlZe4M?t=001

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #6 on: 01/30/2018 03:16 AM »
HACL film 01135 Atlas 52E T2-34 launch VAFB 9/1986 Atlas E/F-Star-37S-ISS

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Film from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezMF5vwikMM?t=001

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #7 on: 02/06/2018 03:00 AM »
HACL film 01140 Atlas Launch, no ID

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Film from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qqvV_jrs9Y?t=001

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #8 on: 02/06/2018 03:02 AM »
HACL film 01137 Atlas 198D Harpoon Gun June 12, 1963 Nike Zeus


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Film from the Atlas-Centaur Heritage Film Collection which was donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum by Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzdoCGcZX_4?t=001


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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #9 on: 02/07/2018 01:02 AM »
That's obviously a Mercury launch, the most likely candidates being MA-2 or 6 due to the weather conditions. MA-4 and 7 had significant cloud cover present at launch and it (obviously) isn't MA-3.

I think it's probably Glenn's flight since even with the poor film quality, it matches the photos of the launch which show a completely clear, blue sky.

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Re: Atlas HACL films
« Reply #10 on: 02/07/2018 05:35 AM »
I noticed SDASM just uploaded footage of Atlas 45F the other day. This one has long been a staple of rocket fail highlight reels, but the high speed film is new. No aftermath photos unfortunately.

Anyway, 45F was launched from OSTF-2 at Vandenberg on the evening of 10/4/63. The B-1 engine failed to start and the resultant asymmetrical thrust caused the missile to tip over and rotate away from the silo cap, impacting the ground with the almost full propellant load lighting up the night sky in a spectacular fireball. The silo was largely spared significant damage and it was restored to use in two months, hosting Missile 109F's launch on 12/18/63, the finale Atlas R&D flight.

On 4/3/64, almost exactly six months after 45F's errant flight, Missile 3F launched from OSTF-2 and repeated the same failure. The B-1 engine did not start and the Atlas fell to the ground, exploding. This time, it would be six months before OSTF-2 was used again. Investigation of the two flight failures found that the B-1 main fuel valve was clogged with hypergol residue from repeated test firings and stuck shut. On 3F, the valve actually did open, but after activation of the engine igniter so mainstage engine operation was never achieved.

Remedies for this failure mode included conducting improved purges of the missile fuel system to clear out hypergol residue and a recall of all main fuel valves on operational Atlas missiles, in particular ones that had been in service for an extended period of time, and replacement of the fuel valve acutators.

Stuck engine valves were not a problem unique to Atlas, on 5/1/63, some five months before 45F, a nighttime Titan I operational test at VAFB also ended in the missile toppling and exploding when the LR-87 engines failed to start properly.
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