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Titan 401
Titan 401 - Titan 401 - COSPAR 1994-026

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Family: Titan. Country: USA. Status: Hardware.

Developed to handle military payloads designed for launch on Shuttle from Vandenberg before the USAF pulled out of the Shuttle program after the Challenger disaster. Further stretch of core from Titan 34, 7-segment solid rocket motors (developed for MOL but not used until 25 years later). Enlarged Centaur G used as upper stage (variant of stage designed for Shuttle but prohibited for flight safety reasons after Challenger). Completely revised electronics. All the changes resulted in major increase in cost of launch vehicle and launch operations.


Specifications

Launches: 22. Failures: 2. Success Rate: 90.91% pct. First Launch Date: 14 June 1989. Last Launch Date: 12 August 1998. LEO Payload: 17,700 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. Payload: 6,350 kg. to a: Geosynchronous transfer trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 1,307,380 kgf. Total Mass: 886,420 kg. Core Diameter: 4.3 m. Total Length: 51.0 m. Launch Price $: 400.00 million. in 1997 price dollars. Flyaway Unit Cost $: 89.36 million. in 1985 unit dollars. Cost comments: Titan IV development contract was $ 15.8 billion, including 40 launch vehicles and 39 launches.


Titan 4 Chronology


1989 Jun 14 - - 13:12 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 402A/IUS s/n K-1 (45D-1). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1990 Jun 8 - - 05:16 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 405A s/n K-4 (45H-4). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1990 Nov 13 - - 00:28 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 402A/IUS s/n K-6 (45D-2). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1991 Mar 8 - - 12:00 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 403A s/n K-5 (45F-1). Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E.
1991 Nov 8 - - 07:12 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 403A s/n K-8 (45F-2). Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E.
1992 Nov 28 - - 21:34 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 404A s/n K-3 (45J-1). Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E.
1993 Aug 2 - - 19:59 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 403A s/n K-11 (45F-9). Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E. FAILURE: Failure.
1994 Feb 7 - - 21:47 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A s/n TC-12 / Centaur G s/n K-10 (45E-3). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC40.
1994 May 3 - - 15:55 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A s/n TC-10 / Centaur G s/n K-7 (45E-1). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1994 Aug 27 - - 08:58 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A s/n TC-11 / Centaur G s/n K-9 (45E-2). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1994 Dec 22 - - 22:19 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 402A/IUS s/n K-14 (45D-3). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC40.
1995 May 14 - - 13:45 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A / Centaur G s/n K-23 (45E-8). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC40.
1995 Jul 10 - - 12:38 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A / Centaur G s/n K-19 (45E-5). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1995 Nov 6 - - 05:15 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A / Centaur G s/n K-21 (45E-7). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC40.
1995 Dec 5 - - 21:18 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 404A s/n K-15 (45J-3). Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E.
1996 Apr 24 - - 23:37 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A / Centaur G s/n K-16 (45E-4). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1996 May 12 - - 21:32 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 403A s/n K-22 (45F-11). Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E.
1996 Jul 3 - - 00:31 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 405A s/n K-2 (45H-1). Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC40.
1996 Dec 20 - - 18:04 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 404A s/n K-13 (45J-5). Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E.
1997 Oct 24 - - 02:32 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 403A s/n 4A-18 (K-18, 45F. Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Complex: SLC4E.
1997 Nov 8 - - 02:05 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A/Centaur s/n 4A-17 (K-20, 45E. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41.
1998 Aug 12 - - 11:30 GMT. LV Configuration: Titan 401A s/n 4A-20 / Centaur s/n K-17. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Complex: LC41. FAILURE: Due to guidance system loss of heading after power interrupt, booster pitched over 40 seconds after launch, and was destroyed by range safety.

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