Accession Number:

AD0731662

Title:

The Motion of Ballistic Missiles

Descriptive Note:

Technical memo.

Corporate Author:

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

352.0

Abstract:

The handbook on the motion of ballistic missiles has been prepared primarily for use in training new personnel charged with the responsibility of evaluating the performance of reentry bodies. Aerodynamic fundamentals and characteristics of the atmosphere are reviewed briefly, followed by discussions of the effects on ballistic missile motion of gravity, earth rotation, the atmosphere, and initial body rates. The anomalous motion resulting from various types of mass andor aerodynamic asymmetries is discussed in detail. Simple solutions are given for the impact dispersion resulting from asymmetries and nonstandard meteorological characteristics at the impact location. Various trajectory simulations and flight test analyses are also discussed. Numerical examples illustrate the material.

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missile Dynamics, Configurations and Control Surfaces

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE