Accession Number:

AD0606336

Title:

THRUST OPTIMIZATION OF A NUCLEAR ROCKET OF VARIABLE SPECIFIC IMPULSE,

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Corporate Author:

TRW SPACE TECHNOLOGY LABS LOS ANGELES CALIF

Report Date:

1958-05-29

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

A simple relation is derived between the specific impulse and the flow rate of a gas under the reactor operating conditions allowing molecular dissociation of the gas. Utilizing this relation, an optimum variable thrust program to maximize velocity is obtained for a vertically ascending vehicle under the assumptions of constant gravity and zero aerodynamic drag. The advantage of this program is demonstrated by comparison with the usual constant thrust program. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE