March 19, 2001: Titan IV Solid-Fuel Rocket Booster Was Test Fired

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A Lockheed Martin Titan IV solid-fuel rocket booster was test fired at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s refurbished test stand I-C on Leuhman Ridge. The test firing lasted 140 seconds and generated 1.7 million pounds of thrust. It was the first firing of a Titan IV booster at the facility since 1993.

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n 1987, the US Air Force was in a bind, and they were looking for a way out. The previous year, the national security community had suffered two body blows in a row with the shuttle Challenger accident in January and, three months later, the loss of a Titan 34D. The Space Shuttle used the same solid rocket motor technology pioneered by the Titan a generation before to assemble large rocket motors like a wedding cake—one layer on top of another—rather than as a single gigantic piece that would be impossible to build or transport to the launch pad. Both of these incidents, though, were traced back to issues with the solid rocket motors. Clearly there were unresolved problems with the technology that had to be address immediately.

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