MISSILE DESIGN FOR THE EFFECTS OF WINDS ALOFT
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA
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A major problem in the design of large booster missiles is the proper consideration of the effects from winds aloft. Since wind magnitude and direction are statistical in nature, the problem can only be solved by the use of statistical techniques. This report suggests that the design requirement be a given probability of failure or launch delay due to winds aloft, or an optimization between cost in terms of weight, schedules, etc. and the probability of failure or launch delay. A methodology is then presented, along with pertinent background information and discussion, for designing to any of those requirements. Also presented is a procedure for a prelaunch wind check in which wind effects magnitudes are predicted for a flight.
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