Experimental Results from a Static Stability and Pressure Test of the Minuteman Instrumented Payload Delivery System Launch Vehicle Configuration at Mach Numbers from 1.6 to 5.0
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFB TN
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Static-force and moment and surface pressure data were obtained on a 0.06-scale representation of the Minuteman Instrumented Payload Delivery System MIPDS launch vehicle. The test was conducted at Mach numbers from 1.6 to 5.0 at free-stream Reynolds numbers, based on model length, from 28.4 to 23.6 million, respectively. The angle-of-attack range was from -12 to 12 deg, and the roll angle was from -180 to 180 deg. Results are presented to illustrate typical effects of variations in vehicle configuration, vehicle attitude, and Mach number on the static aerodynamic and surface pressure characteristics of the MIPDS payload nose section and the complete launch vehicle.
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