Design Assurance Test of the Thiokol TE-ME-521-5 Apogee Kick Motor Tested in the Spin Mode at Simulated Altitude Conditions
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFB TN
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One Thiokol Chemical Corporation TE-M-521-5 solid-propellant apogee rocket motor was successfully fired at an average simulated altitude of about 108,000 ft while spinning at 46 rpm. The general program objectives were to verify compliance of motor performance with the manufacturers specifications. Specific primary objectives were to determine vacuum ballistic performance of the motor after prefire vibration conditioning and temperature conditioning at 40F, altitude ignition characteristics, motor structural integrity, and motor temperature-time history during and after motor operation. Additional objectives were to measure the lateral nonaxial thrust component during motor operation and to measure radiation heat flux in the vicinity of the nozzle exit plane.
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