posted 01-26-2007 05:47 PM
Originally posted by dsenechal:
if anyone has the Apogee book Atlas: the Ultimate Weapon by Chuck Walker, perhaps you could let me know if it contains pictures of this area.
It has a few pictures, but I doubt if they'd be much help.
On page 47 is a diagram which looks like it was taken from an Nth generation photocopy of a diagram of the boattail and aft end; it has the fuel staging disconnect, sustainer fuel and oxidizer lines, aft bulkhead, jettison track, and staging disconnects all labeled.
The second color photo section shows a number of missiles in storage; one of them appears to have had the boattail and the sustainer engine removed, so there aren't many details to be had.
Page 229 has a picture of the SCORE Atlas in orbit. It's a small picture, and the missile appears to be in direct sunlight, so it's hard to make out details. (I spent a few minutes Googling "SCORE Atlas missile", but couldn't find this picture online; you may be more motivated than I :-)
I could scan the pictures from the book and email them, if you'd like.
Also, I have a number of pictures of inside the boattail of the Atlas at the USSRC. I took them through the plexiglass on a sunny day, but they do show a fair number of details of this area. I could also email these if you'd like.