Accession Number : AD0692297

Title :   PROPOSED PRELAUNCH REAL-TIME IMPACT PREDICTION SYSTEM FOR THE AEROBEE-350 ROCKET,

Corporate Author : ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES LAB WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE N MEX

Personal Author(s) : D'Arcy,Edward M. ; Rachele,Henry

Report Date : MAY 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : An improved automatic data collection and processing system is described for use in prelaunch impact prediction of the high-altitude highly wind-sensitive Aerobee-350 rocket. The major components include a 500-foot wind tower, three T-9 radars for tracking pilot balloons (pibals) and FPS/16's for upper wind measurements. The system is an outgrowth of a previous program incorporating recent knowledge of wind measurement techniques, ballistic model refinements, state-of-the art electronic equipment for wind measurement and the use of complex high speed computer programs during countdown operations. New data processing techniques include improved data editing procedures, new numerical pibal wind computation techniques and new techniques for upper air wind measurement. Finally, a faster launcher setting determination method and a shorter operational countdown period were developed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOUNDING ROCKETS, IMPACT PREDICTION), (*METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA, DATA PROCESSING), RADAR EQUIPMENT, WIND, TOWERS, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, UPPER ATMOSPHERE, BALLOONS, RADAR TRACKING, EQUATIONS OF MOTION

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Armor
      Rockets

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE