Missiles and Rockets in 1959
The Advance Terrier
surface-to-air guided missile was to be
operational with at least 27 units of the U.S.
fleet. It was scheduled to replace the original
Terrier, which had been on duty with fleet units
since early in 1956. Powered by two stages of
solid fuel rockets, the missile was cpable of
Titan, a U.S. Air
Force ICBM, blasted from the launching pad prior
to the first successful separation of its two
stages during its May 5 test flight.
A data capsule ejected
from the nose cone of this 130-ton Atlas ICBM was
recovered less than three hours after the missile
was launched, on August 24.
A Mercury space capsule
ejected from a Little Joe rocket during a test
flight fired from the NASA Wallops Island,
Virginia, facility was successfully recovered by
a U.S. Navy ship a short time later.
The Mace, an inertially
guided surface-to-surface Air Force missile built
by the Martin Company, was fired successfully in
its March 26 test flight.
the Year 1959
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