Site Power?

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Site Power?

Postby njh621 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:06 am

Most missile sites get their power from a commercial source, and have a standby diesel generator as a backup. However, I've heard that Titan I sites didn't have a commercial power supply (only the VAFB sites did), and operated 24/7 on one of the three generators in the power house. I've also heard some of the Atlas F sites were configured the same way; they ran off the generators 24/7.

Can someone clarify this?
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Re: Site Power?

Postby Arnold Austin on Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:19 am

Stand board crew member Titan 1 1960 - 63 Power Production combat crew member. Your information is correct. One generator provided all power. Additional generators were required to raise missile launchers.
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Re: Site Power?

Postby SAC Killer on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:21 pm

Interesting. I wonder why. The engineer in me speculates that the system gobbled so much power that batteries weren't practical, so it couldn't tolerate a power outage when commercial dropped and before the standby power came on line.
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