At the Martin Company, Denver, the Aerojet-General, Martin TITAN Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is made ready for shipment.
At the Martin Company, Denver, the Aerojet-General, Martin TITAN Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is made ready for shipment. Missiles are readied to supply a flight test program which will continue until the weapon system becomes operational.
Before shipment to the launch site, a flight missile is subjected to an exhaustive series of tests of its Aerojet-General liquid rocket engines. The culmination of these is the missile compatibility firing. The missile is transported in separate stages to one of the four test stands in the Martin-Denver testing complex.
With all of its intricate mechanism inter-connected and operative, the missile will be test fired under captive conditions simulating as closely as possible those of flight.
The successful compatibility firing completes prerequisites for flight test, and the TITAN is ready for shipment to the Air Force Missile Test Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
TITAN Launch facilities at the Air Force Missile Test Center include four flight test complexes. Each complex consists of a launch pad, blockhouse, and a propellant storage area.
In addition, hangars and assembly building accommodate the checkout and preparation of missiles arriving for test flight. This is Launch Pad 15, where the first TITAN flight test was initiated.
The TITAN is air transportable. Both stages may be carried at once in an Air Force C133 aircraft.
The first TITAN flight test missile arrived at the Air Force Missile Test Center on November 21, and was erected on the Launch Stand on November 23, where it underwent a series of exhaustive tests prior to its first flight. Aerojet-General Corporation is now producing the TITAN's engines at its Azusa and Sacramento Plants.