Accession Number : AD0830221

Title :   STUDY FOR ATLAS CLUSTER SPACE VEHICLE CAPABILITIES.

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS/ASTRONAUTICS SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date : 05 JAN 1959

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : The imminent space weapon system and space exploration programs necessitate the development of rocket-powered vehicles with capabilities greatly exceeding those of vehicles now available. Pending development of much larger vehicle structures and power plants, a wide variety of missions can be performed by clustering existing vehicles and assembling them into a larger multistage vehicle with 1 to 1.5 million pounds of thrust. This study was made to evaluate the various configurations which could be assembled using clustered Atlas missiles as the booster. For the configurations which appeared most promising, a performance analysis was completed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ENGINE CLUSTERS), (*LAUNCH VEHICLES, (*SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, LAUNCH VEHICLES), AERODYNAMIC CONFIGURATIONS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, PAYLOAD, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), RELIABILITY, PROPELLANT TANKS, LIQUID PROPELLANT ROCKET ENGINES, STAGING, POWER SUPPLIES, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, ORBITS.

Subject Categories : Surface-launched Guided Missiles
      Ground Support Sys & Facil For Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE