The Thor Rocket
From 'Model Rockets For beginners' by H Gilmore
The Thor, a United States Air Force surface-to-surface rocket, was the
American intermediate-range bal-listic missile to be put into operation.
intermediate-range ballistic missile is one that has a range of between
and 1500 miles.
The Thor—a single-stage missile transportable by air—is propelled by an
fueled with liquid oxy-gen and a high grade of kerosene. It has a thrust
150,000 pounds and travels at 10,000 miles per hour. This rocket is 65
and 8 feet in diameter. Made of aluminum, it weighs 110,000 pounds.
The Thor was used to launch the Discoverer series of satellites and
served as the
first stage in a number of other satellite and lunar-probe launchings. In
early 1960's it was one of the most successful of our space-exploration