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  1. #1
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    28th May 2009
    North Las Vegas, Nevada

    Minuteman III plan

    Here is a drawing I created of the Minuteman III ICBM based on known, open-source dimensions. (External dimensions of the MMIII are not classified; I checked the security classification guide for ICBMs to be sure...) Early MMIIIs had an ogive nose shroud, later replaced by a biconic Peacekeeper-style shroud.

    I once worked at the Huntsville (Alabama) mission control center at Redstone Arsenal, tracking the missile during test 'Glory Trip' missions launched from Vandenberg AFB to the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where the world's most powerful space-tracking radars and various sensors and optics followed the missile as it emerged over the horizon until impact in one of the uninhabited islets on the atoll or in the 'broad ocean area' where depths regularly exceed more than 5000 feet. For operational security (OPSEC) reasons I cannot go into specific mission details. The light show as the reentry vehicles plunged into the atmosphere was spectacular, yet sobering: had the RVs been armed with a nuke it would be the last thing anyone would see before being vaporized in the nuclear fireball.

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    Charles E. (Chuck) Corway
    NAR 45040 (HARA #403)
    (formerly) TRA 977
    The Kwaj Drafter!
    Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands - 2009-2012; 2015-2017

  2. #2
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    23rd July 2011
    Butte, MT
    Very nice!

    Steve Shannon
    Steve Shannon
    L3CC, TAP,
    President, Tripoli Rocketry Association

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