DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A RECOVERABLE PROBE (RSP)
NAVAL MISSILE CENTER POINT MUGU CA
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The development and flight-testing of a recoverable, high-altitude probe is described. The air launched vehicle, designated the Recoverable SPAROAIR Probe RSP, ascends to an altitude of approximately 150,000 feet carrying a 70mm camera as payload. The camera, contained in a capsule, is recovered from the sea following water impact. The significant characteristics of the probe are the aerodynamic design of the recoverable capsule provides orientation of the capsule during camera operation and descent the aft lid of the capsule is utilized as the deceleration device in lieu of a parachute system and the structural design and payload packaging permits a velocity of 150 feet per second at water impact without damage to the structure or components contained in the capsule.