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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for June 10, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the June 3, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Fuel for disaster."

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This week's quibble comes from the June 3, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Fuel for disaster." TechRepublic member jlafitte nailed me for some imprecise description of Titan missile rocket fuel:

"The Titan and Titan II series missiles were LIQUID fuel-propelled, NOT solid-fuel. The article writer may be thinking of the Minuteman series of ICBMs, which ARE solid-fuel propelled."

No, I really was talking about the Titan, but I should have been more specific, as I was referring to the then-contemporary (1988) version of the Titan, the Titan IV, which had solid rocket booster components You're right that the Titans I and II had no SRBs, and the Titan III had optional SRBs. The main engine was liquid-fueled for every Titan, but the heavy lift later models depended heavily on SRBs. Sorry for the imprecision, but thanks for the quibble and keep them coming!

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