Sounding Rocket Delta Velocity System.
AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MASS
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A sounding rocket tumble system to enhance deceleration and redirect the flight path angle of a vehicle can be an effective means of accomplishing large spacial separation between a separated payload and the spent final stage rocket motor. The design and implementation of two such systems, for 9-in. - and 17-in. -diam payloads, is presented. Flight test results show that separation distances between payload and vehicle in the order of 10 percent of vehicle apogee can be achieved. Author