Jim Frankenfield - Science & Engineering Pages
MX Stage 2 Rocket Motor Test Photo Gallery
These were taken during a rocket motor test when I was working at Thiokol Corporation in Utah. I'm pretty sure, but not absolutely certain anymore, that this was the second stage for the MX missile. If I remember correctly this had one minute of burn time, and I believe space shuttle solid boosters had 2 minutes. These were taken from along the desert highway where a public viewing area was available, anyone could watch these tests but it's a bit of a drive from anywhere. The plant is north of the Great Salt Lake. The large dust cloud remained visible for a long time as it slowly drifted across Plant 78 (another part of the 19,000 acre or 30 mi^2 plant) and dissipated.
You can click on any of these thumbnails for a larger version of that photo. I did not create pages for each one for this gallery.