Accession Number:

AD0600087

Title:

CHARTS FOR DETERMINING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF BALLISTIC TRAJECTORIES IN A VACUUM,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1964-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

A summary of information on the trajectories of ballistic vehicles traveling in a vacuum about a nonrotating, spherical earth is presented. The graphs presented are designed to permit the user to determine with reasonable accuracy the more important parameters connected with unpowered flight outside the atmosphere. These include the range, time of flight, apogee altitude, terminal velocity, and terminal flight-path angle, all as functions of the burnout velocity, the burnout angle, and the burnout and terminal altitudes. Charts are given for quickly establishing the values of velocity, flight-path angle, time, and range along the trajectory. The range of variables examined includes burnout altitudes from 400,000 to 1,000,000 ft, burnout velocities from 2500 ftsec to escape velocity, and burnout flight-path angles between -30 and 90 deg. Many of the graphs are presented in carpet-plot form to aid in interpolation and in the visualization of the trends of the parameters. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE