WIND VARIABILITY AND ITS EFFECT ON ROCKET IMPACT PREDICTION
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM
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The variability of wind from 200 to 2000 feet above the surface at White Sands Missile Range was studied. Wind variability as a function of time 3.5, 4.0, 8.0, 10.0, and 11.5 minutes is presented. Data for the study were obtained from double-theodolite pilot-balloon observations. The absolute mean and the standard deviation of the difference in wind velocity for 100-foot intervals from 200 to 2000 feet indicate the magnitude of the change that can be expected in a given time increment for a given height level. The effect of this variability on the computed impact point of an Aerobee rocket is discussed.