Accession Number : AD0851668

Title :   Evaluation Test of Centaur Rate Group Operation in High Altitude Chamber. Drawing No. 55-40001,

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS/ASTRONAUTICS SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Blanchard, D. D.

Report Date : 13 MAR 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : A typical mission of the Centaur vehicle calls for operation of the autopilot during high altitude environmental conditions. It is important that the rate group package and other autopilot packages reach a stabilized operating temperature at which the operating characteristics of the autopilot are not adversely affected. This test, therefore, was performed to test the rate group package under simulated high altitude conditions, consisting of the low absolute pressure of high altitudes and the thermal radiation heat sink effect of space. No solar radiation was simulated. (Author)

Descriptors :   *LAUNCH VEHICLES, *AUTOMATIC PILOTS, ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS, HIGH ALTITUDE, SIMULATION, THERMAL STABILITY, DETECTORS, THERMAL INSULATION, METAL COATINGS, GOLD, SILVER, PAINTS, TEMPERATURE, SHIELDING, HEAT SINKS.

Subject Categories : Ground Support Sys & Facil For Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE