Accession Number:

AD0257643

Title:

LAUNCH SITING CRITERIA FOR HIGH-THRUST VEHICLES

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

PHILCO NEWPORT BEACH CA AERONUTRONIC DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1961-03-31

Pagination or Media Count:

187.0

Abstract:

A comprehensive technique for determining the magnitude of potential launch hazards is developed as an intermediate step in the process of selecting optimum launch sites for very high-thrust booster engines. Three characteristic launch site hazards are considered acoustics, explosions, and toxicity. The siting criterial developed are generally applicable to most potential launch sites. In order to illustrate the site selection procedure a hypothetical three stage launch vehicle 9 million pounds thrust, and a prospective launch area with realistic environmental conditions are postulated. The resulting hazard estimates are employed to specify a particular launch complex location and configuration, and to establish launching constraints imposed by the assumed environment. Several field surveys are found necessary to provide critical data about potential launch sites for the assessment of hazards. Two of these, an acoustical measurement program and gas release tests, are described.

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE