The Development of U.S. Missiles During the Cold War

Course Number: M-1047
Credit: 1 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Eric Myers, BSME
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Overview

In The Development of U.S. Missiles During the Cold War, you'll learn ...

  • Understand the basic principles of the design, operation and function of rocket engines; both liquid and solid propellant types
  • Understand the types of rocket engine fuels available and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • How missiles are classified especially according to their range of operation
  • Be familiar with a typical missile launch site and the various major systems associated with it

Overview

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Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 27 pages

This course provides a short history of introductory information on ballistic missiles developed by the United States military including reference to the "space race" competition between the United States and Russia during the "Cold War". It features easily understood insight into the operation of rocket engines and the early stages of development of the Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System (ICBM), the first that was developed by the U.S. It also describes other U.S. missile programs and their deployment across the United States and Europe to combat the Russian threat.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understand the basic principles of the design, operation and function of rocket engines; both liquid and solid propellant types
  • Understand the types of rocket engine fuels available and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • How missiles are classified especially according to their range of operation
  • Be familiar with a typical missile launch site and the various major systems associated with it
  • Understand the effect of the earth’s rotation on launching missiles and why it favors launching missiles from one coast over the other
  • Be familiar with and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the unique design of the U.S. Atlas ICBM missile
  • Understand the operation of the stages of the Atlas missile and how they differ from other missiles
  • Basic design and operation of the U.S. Titan ICBM missile and how and why it differs from the Atlas ICBM
  • Be familiar with U.S. Thor and Jupiter MRBM missiles and the strategy of deploying them with respect to the U.S. ICBM missiles
  • The difference in deployment of the U.S. SRBM Redstone missile with respect to U.S. MRBM and ICBM type missiles

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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