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Shown here is the post-boost propulsion system for the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Unlike the solid-propellant lower stages, the post-boost system carried liquid propellants to help steer the missile. The system consists of small propellant tanks and a smaller helium tank to provide pressure to force the propellants into the combustion chambers.

Upon precise electronic commands, the system activates small bursts of thrust from four equidistant nozzles around the wall of the missile, thereby correctiing its attitude.

Bell Aerosystems donated the post-boost propulsion system to the Smithsonian in 1968.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Date ca. 1964-1966 Country of Origin United States of America Type CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets Manufacturer Boeing Dimensions Overall: 45.1 × 110.5cm (17 3/4 × 43 1/2 in.)
Overall: 326.6kg (720lb.)
Storage: 123.5 × 123.2 × 61cm (48 5/8 × 48 1/2 × 24 in.)
Materials Aluminum
Stainless Steel
Paint
Phenolic Resin
Fiberglass
Plastic
Adhesive
Paper
Ink
Rubber
Steel
Cadmium Plating
Inventory Number A19680574000 Credit Line Bell Aerosystems Co, Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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