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SEPARATION LATCH TEST
GENERAL DYNAMICS/ASTRONAUTICS SAN DIEGO CA
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This report is herein presented as a portion of the Computer, Launch and Separation Problem CLASP Program. Project CLASP was an extensive investigation of E and F Series Atlas Missile System failures in order to analyze, isolate and define the critical areas associated with staging, guidance and other problems that may have been defined and to devise and prepare design fixes to correct the problems. An investigation of possible problem areas in the staging of Atlas E amd F missiles was conducted as a portion of the program in order to determine the mode of failure of 71E, 6F, and 136F. The failure of the three missiles was directly attributed to loss of sustainer hydraulic pressure after initiation of staging.
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