SATELLITE LAUNCHING FROM AIRCRAFT
NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CA
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Development of a complete aircraft-launched satellite-vehicle system and manufacturing and launching vehicles with payloads for Operation Argus was accomplished within 6 months. This included the development of three new rocket motors, high altitude igniters, and IR-sensing horizon trigger, and special electronic timers. The total structural weight of this vehicle was limited to 5 of the over-all total vehicle weight. The technique of safely launching satellite vehicles from aircraft at high altitudes in a loft maneuver was successfully demonstrated. A world-wide network of highly successful portable microlock ground receiver stations was built, deployed, and used to obtain valuable IGY and Explorer IV data. A program for computing satellite vehicle performance, missile tolerances, and ephemerides for satellites from doppler data was developed and applied to the data received from Explorer IV. A six-degrees-of-freedom program study was completed for determination of orbital trajectories concurrently with stability studies.
- Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles