Ground Cloud Dispersion Measurements During The Titan IV Mission #K22 (12 May 1996) at Vandenberg Air Force Base; Volume 1-Test Overview and Data Summary
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Launch vehicles that employ solid propellant rocket motors release exhaust ground clouds containing large quantities of hydrogen chloride HCI into the launch areas at Cape Canaveral Air Station CCAS and Vandenberg Air Force Base VAFB. Large quantities of hazardous liquid fuels and oxidizers could also be released as a result of propellant transfer accidents or launch vehicle failures. The Air Force uses atmospheric dispersion models to predict the downwind diffusion and concentration of toxic launch clouds. There exists a strong need to collect launch cloud data that can be used to test and validate the performance of these dispersion models. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Centers Launch Programs Office SMCICL is sponsoring the Atmospheric Dispersion Model Validation Program MVP. This program is collecting launch cloud dispersion data that will be used to determine the accuracy of atmospheric dispersion models, such as REEDM, in predicting toxic hazard corridors at the launch ranges. This report presents launch cloud dispersion and meteorological measurements performed during the K22 Titan IV launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base on 12 May 1996.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Air Pollution and Control