The second flight of the Titan 3-C launch vehicle, scheduled for Friday, October 8th at Cape Kennedy, will place a radar calibration sphere in orbit and later place in orbit a total of 19 experimental space tests.
LS Titan 3-C pad...
MS Tractors pushing launch platform holding Titan rocket..
LS Launch pad..
MCU Nose of rocket, pan down to base
MS Looking up at rocket
LS Titan 3-C blast off (June 18, 1965)
MS Rocket in flight..
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Background: The second flight of the Titan 3-C launch vehicle, scheduled for Friday, October 8th at Cape Kennedy, will place a radar calibration sphere in orbit and later place in orbit a total of 19 experimental space tests.
The huge, 700 ton rocket has been moved onto launch pad 40 after its assembly over a mile away in the solid motor assembly building.
After the liquid-fuel center core was moved into the building on it's rail-mounted assembly and launch platform, the two boosters of one-million pounds thrust each, were mounted on each side to complete unusual configuration. The new concept of rocket motor assembly is being put to use for the first time with the launch of this space vehicles.
American's newest and most powerful rocket booster will first place a radar calibration sphere in orbit, and then when it is over Point Arquello, California will place its second payload in orbit. This second payload will contain 19 experimental space tests.
On June 18, 1965, the first Titan 3-C launch vehicle roared into the skies from Cape Kennedy, Florida on its maiden voyage. From our film it is obvious the first flight of the Titan 3-C was one of the most spectacular ever staged by the American space effort.