POSSIBLE SOVIET LAUNCHING SYSTEM FOR PRESENT-DAY SATELLITES
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON D C AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY DIV
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Articles concerning Soviet satellite launching systems are analyzed. The low speed 2 kmsec during the vertical ascent of the satellite and the acceleration of the satellite in the horizontal direction at a low altitude 30 km indicate that fuel consumption in this launching system is lower than that required for a launching program in which the satellite is accelerated after reaching high altitude. In the opinion of the analyst, the satellite nose cone is not overheated by the atmosphere during its acceleration to 30 km, because the acceleration period is relatively short and 90 of the atmosphere is located near the earths surface in a 10- to 15-km thick layer.