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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

U.S. Army PGM-11 Redstone

 
 
U. S. Army PGM-11 Redstone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 20, 2016
1. U. S. Army PGM-11 Redstone Marker
The historic launch of Mercury-Redstone 3, carring Alan Shepard into suborbital spaceflight. MR-1 as the Launch Escape Tower ignited after the rocket settled back onto the pad.
Inscription. First test-launched in August, 1953, the Redstone Medium-Range Ballistic Missile evolved from a five-year Army research and development program. Named for Redstone Arsenal—where it was developed—this vehicle played a crucial role in the U. S.'s defense capability. The Redstone was a mobile missile that could be launched on the battlefield by combat-ready soldiers. In June, 1958, the Redstone was put into service with U. S. Army units stationed in Germany. Because of its proven reliability, the Redstone rocket fulfilled a number of additional roles.

In January, 1958, a modified Redstone (renamed Juno I) launched the first U. S. satellite (Explorer I) into Earth orbit. By 1960, NASA had modified the vehicle for launching American's first manned spacecraft (Project Mercury).

This Redstone missile was used to train soldier on its operation during the Redstone Mechanical Material Maintenance Course at Redstone Arsenal.

Length: 69.3ft (21.1m)
Diameter: 5.8ft (1.8m)
Finspan: 12ft (3.7m)
Weight: 61, 300lbs (27,805kg)
Thrust: 78,000lbs (346,961N)
Velocity: 3,800mph (6,116km/hr)
Range: 200mi (322km)
Propellants: Liquid oxygen and ethyl alcohol
Contractors:
Chrysler Corporation for the U. S. Ordnance Guided Missile Center
 
Location.
U. S. Army PGM-11 Redstone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 20, 2016
2. U. S. Army PGM-11 Redstone Marker
34° 42.62′ N, 86° 39.258′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquiltiy 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 Tranquilty Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. NASA/U.S. Geological Survey (here, next to this marker); U.S. Army/NASA Juno II (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Air Force SM-65 Atlas-F (a few steps from this marker); Pathfinder Orbiter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); NASA Skylab (about 400 feet away); U.S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter (about 400 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 27, 2016.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceExplorationMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 20 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 27, 2016.
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