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Titan 403A



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Titan 3E Centaur
Credit: NASA
American orbital launch vehicle. Version of Titan 4 with no upper stage, configured for launch of lower-mass, higher-orbit Lacrosse, SDS and NOSS-2 payloads from Vandenberg.

LEO Payload: 17,700 kg (39,000 lb). Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1993-08-02. Last Fail Date: 1993-08-02.

Gross mass: 906,000 kg (1,997,000 lb).
Payload: 17,700 kg (39,000 lb).
Height: 54.00 m (177.00 ft).
Diameter: 3.05 m (10.00 ft).
Thrust: 14,200.00 kN (3,192,200 lbf).
Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).
First Launch: 1991.03.08.
Last Launch: 1997.10.24.
Number: 5 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • NOSS American military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. 22 launches, 1971.12.14 (OPS 7898 P/L 1) to 1993.08.02 (TLD). Ocean surveillance; aka White Cloud type spacecraft; Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite; PARCAE. More...
  • NOSS-Subsat American military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. 27 launches, 1976.04.30 (SSU 1 (NOSS 1)) to 1996.05.12 (USA 121). Detected the location of naval vessels using radio interferometry. More...
  • Lacrosse American military side-looking radar all-weather surveillance radar satellite. Operational, first launch 1988.12.02. More...
  • SDS-2 American military communications satellite. 4 launches, 1989.08.08 (USA 40) to 1996.07.03 (USA 125). More...
  • NOSS-2 American military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. 5 launches, 1990.06.08 (USA 59) to 1996.05.12 (USA 122). New generation of NOSS naval reconnaissance satellites. More...
  • NOSS-2 subsatellite American military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. 6 launches, 1990.06.08 (USA 60) to 1991.11.08 (USA 77). More...
  • TiPS American tether technology satellite. 3 launches, 1996.05.12 (USA 123) to 1998.10.03 (USA 141). The 53 kg satellite consisted of 2 end masses connected by a 4 km tether. NRO (the National Reconnaissance Office) provided funding for the TiPS project. More...

See also
  • Titan The Titan launch vehicle family was developed by the United States Air Force to meet its medium lift requirements in the 1960's. The designs finally put into production were derived from the Titan II ICBM. Titan outlived the competing NASA Saturn I launch vehicle and the Space Shuttle for military launches. It was finally replaced by the USAF's EELV boosters, the Atlas V and Delta IV. Although conceived as a low-cost, quick-reaction system, Titan was not successful as a commercial launch vehicle. Air Force requirements growth over the years drove its costs up - the Ariane using similar technology provided lower-cost access to space. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Martin American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Martin Marietta Astronautics Group (1956), Denver, CO, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. More...
  • Vandenberg SLC4E Titan, Atlas launch complex. First designated PALC2-4 and used to launch Atlas Agena D with KH-7 spysats. Rebuilt after MOL cancellation in 1970 to handle Titan 3D with KH-9 and KH-11 spysats. Upgraded in 1989-1990 for Titan 4. More...

Associated Stages
  • Titan 4-1 N2O4/Aerozine-50 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 163,000/8,000 kg. Thrust 2,428.31 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 302 seconds. More...
  • Titan 4-2 N2O4/Aerozine-50 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 39,500/4,500 kg. Thrust 459.51 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 316 seconds. More...
  • Titan UA1207 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 319,330/51,230 kg. Thrust 7,117.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 272 seconds. More...

Titan 403A Chronology


1991 March 8 - . 12:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC4E. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 403A. LV Configuration: Titan 403A K-5 (45F-1).
  • USA 69 - . Payload: Lacrosse 2. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; CIA. Manufacturer: Martin. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: Lacrosse. USAF Sat Cat: 21147 . COSPAR: 1991-017A. Apogee: 662 km (411 mi). Perigee: 420 km (260 mi). Inclination: 68.0000 deg. Period: 95.50 min. Summary: Still operating December 1997. First West Coast launch of a Titan 4..

1991 November 8 - . 07:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC4E. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 403A. LV Configuration: Titan 403A K-8 (45F-2).
  • USA 72 - . Payload: NOSS 10. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-2. USAF Sat Cat: 21775 . COSPAR: 1991-076A. Apogee: 1,321 km (820 mi). Perigee: 799 km (496 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg. Period: 106.40 min. Summary: Second launch by Titan 4 of new generation of NOSS naval reconnaissance satellites. However earlier NOSS weighed only 2,000 kg; Titan 4 booster has seven times this capacity. What else was launched?.
  • USA 76 - . Payload: NOSS-Subsat 10-2. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-2 subsatellite. USAF Sat Cat: 21808 . COSPAR: 1991-076D. Apogee: 1,270 km (789 mi). Perigee: 954 km (593 mi). Inclination: 63.4280 deg. Period: 107.44 min.
  • USA 77 - . Payload: NOSS-Subsat 10-3. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-2 subsatellite. USAF Sat Cat: 21809 . COSPAR: 1991-076E. Apogee: 1,270 km (789 mi). Perigee: 954 km (593 mi). Inclination: 63.4270 deg. Period: 107.44 min.
  • USA 74 - . Payload: NOSS-Subsat 10-1. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-2 subsatellite. USAF Sat Cat: 21799 . COSPAR: 1991-076C. Apogee: 1,270 km (789 mi). Perigee: 954 km (593 mi). Inclination: 63.4270 deg. Period: 107.44 min.

1993 August 2 - . 19:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC4E. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 403A. LV Configuration: Titan 403A K-11 (45F-9). FAILURE: Radial cut inadvertently made in SRM during repairs resulted in explosion of SRM and vehicle at T+101 seconds.. Failed Stage: 0.
  • NOSS 19 - . Payload: NOSS B-3. Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-2. Decay Date: 1993-08-02 . COSPAR: F930802A. Apogee: 33 km (20 mi). Summary: Third attempted launch by Titan 4 of new generation of NOSS naval reconnaissance satellites. No known launches of this system thereafter..
  • SSU - . Payload: SSU. Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFMC. Spacecraft: NOSS. COSPAR: F930802D. Apogee: 33 km (20 mi).
  • SSU - . Payload: SSU. Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFMC. Spacecraft: NOSS. COSPAR: F930802C. Apogee: 33 km (20 mi).
  • SSU - . Payload: SSU. Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFMC. Spacecraft: NOSS. COSPAR: F930802B. Apogee: 33 km (20 mi).
  • TLD - . Payload: TLD. Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFMC. Spacecraft: NOSS. COSPAR: F930802E. Apogee: 33 km (20 mi).

1996 May 12 - . 21:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC4E. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 403A. LV Configuration: Titan 403A K-22 (45F-11).
  • USA 119 - . Payload: SDS B-2. Mass: 6,300 kg (13,800 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: SDS-2. USAF Sat Cat: 23893 . COSPAR: 1996-029A. Apogee: 1,165 km (723 mi). Perigee: 1,051 km (653 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg. Period: 107.44 min. Summary: Unknown orbit.
  • USA 121 - . Payload: SSU. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-Subsat. USAF Sat Cat: 23908 . COSPAR: 1996-029C. Apogee: 1,160 km (720 mi). Perigee: 1,055 km (655 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg.
  • USA 120 - . Payload: SSU. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-Subsat. USAF Sat Cat: 23907 . COSPAR: 1996-029B. Apogee: 1,157 km (718 mi). Perigee: 1,058 km (657 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg.
  • USA 122 - . Payload: NOSS B-4. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Military. Type: Military naval signals reconnaisance satellite. Spacecraft: NOSS-2. USAF Sat Cat: 23862 . COSPAR: 1996-029D. Apogee: 1,156 km (718 mi). Perigee: 1,060 km (650 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg.
  • USA 123 - . Payload: TIPS Ralph. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Technology. Type: Tether technology satellite. Spacecraft: TIPS. USAF Sat Cat: 23936 . COSPAR: 1996-029E. Apogee: 1,032 km (641 mi). Perigee: 1,010 km (620 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg. Summary: ??? .
  • USA 124 - . Payload: TIPS Norton. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; NRL. Class: Technology. Type: Tether technology satellite. Spacecraft: TIPS. USAF Sat Cat: 23937 . COSPAR: 1996-029F. Apogee: 1,032 km (641 mi). Perigee: 1,010 km (620 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg.

1997 October 24 - . 02:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC4E. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 403A. LV Configuration: Titan 403A 4A-18 (K-18, 45F-3).
  • USA 133 - . Payload: Lacrosse 3. Nation: USA. Agency: NRO; CIA. Manufacturer: Martin. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: Lacrosse. USAF Sat Cat: 25017 . COSPAR: 1997-064A. Apogee: 679 km (421 mi). Perigee: 666 km (413 mi). Inclination: 57.0000 deg. Summary: Still operating December 1997..

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