Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
U.S. Army PGM-11 Redstone
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)
Propellants: Liquid oxygen and ethyl alcohol
Chrysler Corporation for the U. S. Ordnance Guided Missile Center
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, Cold. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1953.
Location. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquilty Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . . U.S. Space & Rocket Center. (Submitted on September 27, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.