Launch of Thor Missile, image of Thor missile production, sled test run in development of guidance system, guidance system tested under simulated flight conditions, testing of X-1 Thor engine. Aerial view of newly constructed Vandenberg launch facilities. Missile arrives at Vandenberg. Aerial view of Project Emily Thor facilities in the UK or United Kingdom. Shows launch of Thor 123 to test complete system, first pictures of a Thor re-entry, recovery of data capsule. Shows launch of Thor missile 145 and 151 from Vandenberg.
Shows development and testing of the different components of the LGM-30 Minuteman ICBM at supplier facilities, test of a solid rocket engine, development of re-entry body, guidance system, shows an auto-lubricated gas bearing that has been in continuous operation for six years. Shows experimental underground silo launch tests with scaled models of missile.
Titan ICBM Program:
Describes the milestones achieved in the ICBM Titan program in 1958. production of system and sub-system components, rocket engines, ground guidance system, development of advanced nosecone, shows Titan Missile assemble line. Shows captive firing of Titan missile A-1, missile A-2 was destroyed on captive test stand due to improper test procedure, shows firing of missile A-3. Animation shows Titan in underground silo, raised to launch position, and animated launch of missile. Aerial view and ground views of construction of Titan test facility at Vandenberg. Shows captive flight test of Titan A-3 missile at Vandenberg
Atlas ICBM Program:
Shows development and testing of the SM-65 Atlas ICMB, first ICBM capable of boosting a nuclear warhead to any target on earth. Nosecone, engine testing, sled test of prototype guidance system, Shows construction of Atlas launch facilities at Vandenberg. Shows several test launches of Atlas Missiles. Shows a failure of an Atlas test flight followed by a successful flight and test of all systems and downrange distance and planned impact area. Shows historic and secrete night launch of Atlas 10-B that put Project SCORE into orbit. Project SCORE (Signal Communications Orbit Relay Equipment) was the world's first communication satellite. It captured world attention by broadcasting a Christmas message via short wave frequency from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower through an on-board tape recorder in December 1958. Shows launch of Atlas Missile 3-C.