Accession Number : ADA243965


Title :   A Top-Down Performance Analysis of a Pegasus-Based Space Strike System


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING


Personal Author(s) : Collins, Douglas E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a243965.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 99


Abstract : The feasibility of using Pegasus launch vehicle as a conventional weapons platform is examined. Using a top-down approach, the analysis addresses the fundamental question of whether such a system should be considered for development. The measures of effectiveness considered are delivery range, probability of destroying the target, and responsiveness. Each of the measures is assessed at its top-level and analyzed only to the level of detail needed to address the fundamental question. The study indicates that attaining a high probability of destroying the target requires extremely precise control over the burnout conditions and that the system must be on constant ready standby to achieve short response times.


Descriptors :   *BURNOUT , CONTROL , DELIVERY , PERFORMANCE TESTS , LAUNCH VEHICLES , PLATFORMS , RESPONSE , PRECISION , WEAPONS , SHORT RANGE(TIME)


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Space Warfare
      Guided Missile Reentry Vehicles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE