Accession Number:

AD0360458

Title:

SATELLITE LAUNCHING FROM AIRCRAFT

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1960-05-25

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE