The United States Air Force successfully fired a Titan Intercontinental Ballistic Missile more than 6,500 miles Thursday (7 February) carrying the heaviest military payload ever such a distance.
2 shots Titan delivered to launch site on trailers
2 shots technicians in control room
LS Missile in gantry
CU Missile in ignited
MLS Missile rises from pad
LS Camera tracking missile
CU Telephone view of missile going into clouds
Titan missile being delivered to launch site on trailers, technician in control room, missile standing upright in Gantry pre-launch work tower, ignition, launch, camera tracking missile, telephoto scenes of missile disappearing into clouds.
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Background: The United States Air Force successfully fired a Titan Intercontinental Ballistic Missile more than 6,500 miles Thursday (7 February) carrying the heaviest military payload ever such a distance.
The Titan was fired from the Cape Canaveral Missile Base in Florida down the Atlantic Missile Range. The Air Force, however, did not disclose the weight of the payload and the re-entry vehicle, except to say it was the largest yet placed in a target area in the 6,500 mile range.
In addition to normal operating equipment, the Titan carried special instruments to record the missile's flight performance.
When it becomes operational, the Titan will be ready for firing from underground silos on short notice, as an offensive weapon.
The Titan also has an important role in the United States space program. It will be used as the booster rocket for the two-man Gemini earth orbital space flight program. The rocket's first stage develops 430,000 pounds of thrust and the second stage develops 100,000 pounds of thrust.