FLIGHT TEST CRITERIA FOR RE-ENTERING NAP SYSTEM
NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION INC DOWNEY CA SPACE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS DIV
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This interim report covers Phase A of the Flight Test Criteria Study which will determine criteria that can be used as guidelines in setting up a flight test program or in judging one that has been proposed. This study is intended to be universal in application to NAP re-entry phenomena. The SNAP l0A was designated to provide a representative system for study. The various parameters considered and topics discussed in this report include orbital decay and thermodynamic data, scaling, instrumentation, launch vehicles and sites, and reliability. Significant among the interim conclusions reached is the determination that a 300,000-foot re-entry altitude can be used.
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