Investigation of Atlas Solid Fuel Retarding Rocket during Atlas-Centaur Separation Tests
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION CLEVELAND OH LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER
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During the course of the Atlas Centaur separation tests in the Lewis Space Power Chamber recurrent failures were experienced in the firings of the Atlas retarding rockets. In an effort to evaluate the suitability of these rockets for flight use, an investigation into the primary cause for the misfires was instituted and an evaluation of the performance of the rockets was made. The primary cause of the failures of the rocket to ignite was inconsistent igniter functioning and a too short igniter burning period.
- Combustion and Ignition
- Unmanned Spacecraft