Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
U.S. Air Force SM-65 Atlas-F
This ATLAS-F rocket, slightly more powerful than the Series-D, is nearly identical in structure. It has a stainless steel skin that is extremely thin and lightweight, but fragile. It had to stay pressurized or it collapsed under its own weight. It was also a "stage-and-a-half" rocket. In order to save weight and maintain power when needed, the two outer engines and a portion of the aft section would separate from the rocket . This shed unneeded weight but left the tanks intact and the center engine still burning.
Length: 71.2ft (21.7m) without payload
Diameter: 10ft (3m)
Width: 16ft (4.9m)
Weight: 267, 136lbs (121,171 kg)
Thrust: 387,000lbs (1,721,463N)
• 165,000lbs (733,957N)
• 57,000lbs (253,549N) sustainer
Propellant: Liquid oxygen and RP-1 kerosene
• Convair Corporation/General Dynamics (fuselage)
• Rocketdyne Division, North American Aviation, Inc. (propulsion)
Location. 34° 42.614′ N, 86° 39.27′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Madison Pike, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Army PGM-11 Redstone (a few steps from this marker); NASA/U.S. Geological Survey (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Army/NASA Juno II (within shouting distance of this marker); NASA Skylab (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pathfinder Orbiter (about 400 feet away); U.S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter (about 500 feet away); Cernan • Evans • Schmitt (about 500 feet away); Young • Mattingly • Duke (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . . U.S. Space & Rocket Center. (Submitted on September 26, 2016.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Exploration • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016.