Accession Number : AD0721189

Title :   BOOST: On-Line Computer Program for Estimating Powered-Rocket Performance,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Kephart,D. C.

Report Date : FEB 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : The document discusses the user's manual and program listing for BOOST, a quick-response, interactive JOSS program that simulates the powered flight performance of multistage booster rockets. BOOST is tailored for minimum make-ready and fast turnaround to aid planners and analysts in synthesizing new rocket configurations and in exploring variants on existing designs. BOOST flies a zero-lift two-dimensional powered trajectory over a spherical nonrotating earth. Coasting stages, earth rotation effects, and postboost vacuum ballistic trajectory associated with any set of rocket burnout conditions are available as options. Velocity losses due to gravity, aerodynamic drag, and atmosphere/nozzle interaction are considered. The rocket may be earth- or platform-launched into space, the atmosphere, or to the surface. BOOST complements rather than supplants the more detailed Fortran ROCKET program (RM-3524). Appendixes include a summary chart of the JOSS language. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, INSTRUCTION MANUALS), (*ROCKET TRAJECTORIES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS), ROCKET ENGINES, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), PROPELLANT BURN OUT, AERODYNAMIC LOADING, DRAG, DATA PROCESSING, TIME SHARING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems
      Armor

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE