Very Cold Launch

We wrote a post a while back about hot and cold missile launches, and noted that the US, submarines aside, uses hot launches for most missiles, because if the motor of the missile doesn’t start…. well, you’ve got problems. Like this:



6 responses to “Very Cold Launch

  1. scottthebadger

    Desert Tortise would not like seeing an S-300 fail. He seems awfully fond of them.


    • I had that very thought myself. For our other readers, Desert Tortoise is a commenter at Commander Salamander’s blog who thinks the S-300 makes airspace inviolable.

      It *IS* a very formidable system. But it isn’t perfect. I’ll say this, though, BadgerBuddy. The S-300 is actually a family of missiles, with quite varying characteristics, and as best I can tell, this is one of the early variants.


    • Au contraire. He would tell us that is the variant for shooting down taxiing aircraft, so that you aren’t even safe on the ground!!!


  2. KenW

    Wow, glad I’m not the poor SOB that has to blow that in place. Although it’d be cool to watch it go, don’t think I’d want to be the guy placing the charges.


  3. Stormy

    The other handy trick is to put the launch tube off-axis so if the bird’s motor fails to ignite, it falls AWAY from the launcher.