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Dragon at Astronautix

Imaged credit: SpaceX

Image source: NASA KSC

Nova (Waterlaunch)

Nova at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

Image source: SDASM Archives

Delta Wing X-15

North American X-15 at Astronautix

Image credit: USAF

Image source: Numbers Station

Titan III C

The huge Titan III C vehicle, towering over 150 feet into the air, movies into place on the launch pad. Missile is carried on same railroad car on which its parts were assembled.

Once the solid rockets have lifted Titan III C and it’s payload off the ground, their role is finished. As this sketch shows, when the solids burn out, they separate from the core section. Just before solid burnout, the first-stage liquid propellant engines are ignited to push the spacecraft farther towards space.

Course of the Titan III and it’s payload is monitored from a launch center such as this.

Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel
Irwin Stambler
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1965

Titan at Astronautix

Image credit: USAF

Image source: National Archives


Artist’s concept of the Titan standard launch vehicle 34-D entering the space.

An artist’s concept of the new modular three-section fairing for the Air Force’s Titan III-C space launch vehicle.

Titan at Astronautix

Image credit: USAF

Image source: National Archives

The Ferry Rocket

Von Braun’s rocket ship design. Tall as a 24-story building, it will weight 7,000 tons and have a 65-foot base.

Man will Conquer Space Soon.

Collier’s, March 22, 1953

Man Will Conquer Space Soon! at Wikipedia

Image credit: Collier’s

Image source: AIAA Houston