A PRACTICAL FIELD WIND COMPENSATION TECHNIQUE FOR UNGUIDED ROCKETS
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES OFFICE
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An accurate and rapid wind compensation technique for the field determination of launcher settings for unguided rockets is presented. The method was tested with a five-degree-of-freedom trajectory simulation program using several observed wind profiles. The results of five computer tests for an Aerobee 150 show that the maximum theoretical impact miss was 3.8 statute miles when the theoretical impact displacement was 147.4 statute miles. In three tests for an Athena two-stage, the maximum theoretical impact miss was 5.4 statute miles when the theoretical impact displacement due to the wind was 141.8 statute miles.