Accession Number:

AD0626845

Title:

SOVIET LAUNCH-VEHICLE TESTS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN: COMPREHENSIVE REPORT

Descriptive Note:

Rept. no. 7 on ATD work assignment no. 57

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-12-30

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

The report consists of three sections A Summary and analysts discussion, B Analysis of the scope of the Pacific Ocean Tests, and C translations of TASS news releases. Section A contains a summary of these tests in tabular form, together with a Mercator projection of the test areas. The table includes announcement dates, test dates, geographical location of each test area, distances between the launch and impact points, if given, and descriptions of rockets launched. Data in the table correspond directly to TASS releases and to the Mercator projection showing the locations and dimensions of the test areas. The analyst has divided Soviet Pacific Ocean tests into three basic groups. The first group includes tests conducted between 20 January and 8 July 1960 to determine reliability and accuracy of the guidance system, measuring instruments, and communications equipment. The second group of tests was conducted in 1961 and 1962 during which time a new type of rocket was introduced. The last group of tests starts with Test Series VI, announced on 29 November 1963. The analyst conjectures that with this series the Soviets started testing some recoverable and reuseable versions of launch vehicles which will be used to launch heavy spacecraft into Earth orbit, as well as sections of space stations to be assembled in orbit. There are 47 references.

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
  • Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE