PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE TRAJECTORIES
AIR FORCE SPECIAL WEAPONS CENTER KIRTLAND AFB NM
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Included in this report are studies of ballistic trajectories for a point mass moving in three degrees of freedom relative to a rotating oblate earth. All trajectories are launched from Vandenberg AFB, California to points of interest in the Pacific Missile Range. A running account of the position, forces exerted on the vehicle, and atmospheric information is given throughout the trajectory with a more detailed account given from reentry into the atmosphere to impact. Vernier Engine Cut-Off VECO occurs at the same range from Vandenberg . NAUTICAL MILES and at the same altitude 1,086,502 feet for all five trajectories. Velocity, flight path angle, and heading angle were varied at VECO for each trajectory to achieve impact in the desired areas. Since it was desired to achieve a 20 degree re entry angle, these trajectories do not represent minimum energy trajectories. Reentry is considered to occur between the altitudes of 300,000 and 400,000 feet. The Standard ARDC 1959 Atmosphere Model was used in computing these trajectories.
- Guided Missile Trajectories, Accuracy and Ballistics