Accession Number : AD0430369


Title :   STATIC TESTING OF THE XM-15 CATAPULT ROCKET,


Corporate Author : PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER N J AMMUNITION DEVELOPMENT DIV


Personal Author(s) : Femia,Frank C ; Pontious,Henry A


Report Date : Dec 1963


Pagination or Media Count : 82


Abstract : Twenty-eight static test firings were conducted with the XM-15 catapult rocket. The test program included ignition studies, static functioning tests to determine reliability and performance levels, and static functioning tests to investigate thrust magnitude and misalignment in one plane. Data obtained from the test program showed typical regressive burning characteristics with the motor burning for approximately 0.5 sec, to produce a maximum thrust of 42,000 lbs and a total impulse of approximately 17,200 lb sec. Thrust misalignment data averaged from -4 to +7 minutes, with a maximum of +14 minutes for a total of six firings. Two motors were preconditioned at +90 F. The balance of twentysix motors were preconditioned at +70 F. before firing. The measured ballistics and overall static test performance data are presented. (Author)


Descriptors :   *SOLID PROPELLANT ROCKET ENGINES , JETTISONABLE COCKPITS , SOLID PROPELLANT ROCKET ENGINES , CAPTIVE TESTS , IGNITION , THRUST , RELIABILITY , CATAPULTS , SOLID ROCKET PROPELLANTS , INSTRUMENTATION , MISALIGNMENT


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