This is the attitude control system for the Titan 3E launch vehicle. The system consisted of three SE-9 rocket engines to provide attitude control in three axis. Each engine produced from 45 pounds of thrust and used storable, hypergolic, or self-igniting, propellants that made it simple and reliable. The Titan 3E was a modified U.S. Air Force Titan missile used to launch deep space probes or satellites into geosynchronous orbits. Most notably, the Titan III-E launched two Viking spacecraft to Mars in 1975. These engines were transferred to the Smithsonian in 1970 from the U.S. Air Force.
Transferred from U.S. Air Force - Patrick AFB
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Rocketdyne, Division of North American Aviation Co.
- PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
- Nozzle, phenolic; fittings stainless steel; rubber nozzle protective covers for each of three nozzles; steel clamps around protective covers; most of the propellant lines, brass colored, and probably of brass; thinnest lines, aluminum colored and probably of aluminum; overall assembly housing or mount, probably coated aluminum; electrical wire with black plastic insulation
- Length, 20 inches; width, 16 inches; height, 4.5 inches; diameter, outside, larger nozzle, 4.5 inches; diameter, outside, two smaller nozzles, 3.25 inches