Titan Rocket Dynasty

The Titan family of rockets was a dynasty that lasted 46 years. There were approximately 368 launches of this reliable launch vehicle and missile including the manned Gemini launches. Most of the Titans developement was as an ICBM however the Air Force modified it with solid rocket boosters and it became a reliable heavy lift vehicle used to launch mostly U.S. military payloads.
Probably the most important use of Titans came as the vehicle for NASA’s Gemini program. Twelve Titan IIs were used. Two for unmanned flights and ten for the manned Gemini flights. Titans took on the role to help in the exploration of the Solar system when they were the launch vehicles used for the Viking program sending these successful landers to Mars.

Real Models available for sale

Dr Zooch – Titan IIIC

Sheri’s Hot Rockets Gemini Titan

Paper models

Gemini Titan – web archived model from Precision Space Models (pick latest date)

Titan IIIc (go to models section)

Titan Videos

Titan launch video

Gemini 11 launch

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2 Responses to Titan Rocket Dynasty

  1. R2K says:

    What a great rocket with a long history. My fav is the Titan IIIE Centaur because it launched voyager 1 and 2. It is shocking to see that this rocket was essentially being worked on in the late 50s before we even placed an object into orbit, and that it is still around today. That makes one wonder why some rockets last, while others dont. Where is scout? Or Atlas? Why is there this constant need to reinvent the rocket? If these were more capable, or cheaper… that would make sense. But recently we have not seen that result. They cost as much as ever and our lifting capacity is limited, and soon our manned capacity will be zero.

  2. Rowan says:

    Dear Rocketry,

    My Dad worked for United Aircraft United Technology Center (later United Technologies/Chemical Systems Division) startling as a tech shortly after his discharge from USAF after two years in Korean War working on B-26’s, becoming an Electrical Engineer by 1960?)

    We followed the program from the Bay Area (Sunnyvale, etc.) to Lancaster, CA (Edwards and Vandenberg), and then moved to Brevard County, Florida, (Eastern Test Range at Patrick AFB for a short while and then nonstop at Cape Canaveral AFS until his death in 1985.)

    What a dependable rocket! I could be wrong, but I don’t think they had a launch failure attributable to the rockets (or was it to the SRM’s/SRB’s that my dad worked on?) until around 1/86, shortly after my father passed.

    After then, my brother began working for the company all the way through its end/last merger or whatever, but still on the Titans. Folks would call him up asking about some schematic or whatever they thought he had created back in 1962 and my brother would explain that it was our dad.

    I love the display of the rocket’s changes over the years – indeed, it was seeing that picture on a google image search which brought me here.

    I do have a question, though. I thought that the Titans went all the way to Titan IV’s, etc. Is that recollection correct?

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS HERE! A GREAT ROCKET! Just one more thing that sustains my pride as an American.

    Rowan

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