Minuteman (LGM-30) Impaler Test
AIRMUNITIONS WING (2705TH) HILL AFB UT
Pagination or Media Count:
The purpose of this test was to evaluate a single bladed punch type impaling device used in OOAMA Missile Assembly Maintenance Shops MAMS. Minuteman Missiles are returned from Operational sites to OOAMA for maintenance work which is accomplished in MAMS. During recycle the three major stages are placed on wheeled carriages that roll on a rail system within the MAMS. A single bladed punch type impaler is positioned betweent the rails at the front of the building. The purpose of this device is to render the motors non-propulsive if accidental ignition should occur. A test was devised simulating the MAMS condition to verify the ability of the impaler to perform as intended. The interaction of the impacting motors coupled with the impaler rendered all motors non-propulsive. The impaler performed its function very effectively.
- Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
- Surface-Launched Guided Missiles