Accession Number : AD0859813

Title :   Air-to-Air Missile Launch Range Maximization.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Watt,George W.

Report Date : JUN 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 92

Abstract : Using a simplified mathematical model of an air-to-air missile the combinations of control variables F and beta are obtained which satisfy the necessary conditions for maximizing the missile launch range when fired against a non-maneuvering target flying in a horizontal plane. F is the sideforce required to turn the missile and beta is the propellant burning rate. Pontryagin's Maximum Principle is applied as well as the necessary conditions for the existence of singular controls. A theory based on the missile specific energy is outlined and gives a physical explanation for the controls obtained. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AERIAL WARFARE, AIR TO AIR MISSILES), (*AIR TO AIR MISSILES, RANGE(DISTANCE)), (*RANGE(DISTANCE), OPTIMIZATION), ROCKET PROPELLANTS, BURNING RATE, AERODYNAMIC LOADING, FORCE(MECHANICS), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, THESES

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Air- and Space-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE