Accession Number : AD0259631

Title :   GEOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR PRECISION HIGHSPEED ROCKET TRACKS

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE MISSILE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOLLOMAN AFB N MEX

Personal Author(s) : ETTER,KENNETH R.

Report Date : 30 JUN 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The relationship of orogenic (mountain building) forces to the high earthquake incidence in California is shown to be directly connected through the mechanism of strong movements on living faults, especially the San Andreas fault system. Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) is nearly surrounded by wrench fault zones, the loci of potentially destructive quakes. Air Force Missile Development Center (AFMDC) is bordered by gravity faults of essentially quiescent nature, which fact, along with a geologic history of relative stability as part of the continental nucleus, leads to the conclusion that destructive events of a tectonic nature are much less likely to affect the facilities established in central New Mexico, than would be the case in southern California. (Author)

Descriptors :   *GEOLOGY, *INERTIAL GUIDANCE, *TEST FACILITIES, *TRACKS (AERODYNAMICS), EARTHQUAKES, GRAVITY, ROCKET PROPELLANTS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE