Accession Number : ADA329639

Title :   Ground Cloud Dispersion Measurements During The Titan IV Mission #K22 (12 May 1996) at Vandenberg Air Force Base; Volume 1-Test Overview and Data Summary

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS

PDF Url : ADA329639

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : Launch vehicles that employ solid propellant rocket motors release exhaust ground clouds containing large quantities of hydrogen chloride (HCI) into the launch areas at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS) and Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB). Large quantities of hazardous liquid fuels and oxidizers could also be released as a result of propellant transfer accidents or launch vehicle failures. The Air Force uses atmospheric dispersion models to predict the downwind diffusion and concentration of toxic launch clouds. There exists a strong need to collect launch cloud data that can be used to test and validate the performance of these dispersion models. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Launch Programs Office (SMCICL) is sponsoring the Atmospheric Dispersion Model Validation Program (MVP). This program is collecting launch cloud dispersion data that will be used to determine the accuracy of atmospheric dispersion models, such as REEDM, in predicting toxic hazard corridors at the launch ranges. This report presents launch cloud dispersion and meteorological measurements performed during the #K22 Titan IV launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base on 12 May 1996.

Descriptors :   *CLOUDS, *DISPERSIONS, *ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, MEASUREMENT, TOXIC HAZARDS, MODELS, MONITORING, FUELS, WIND DIRECTION, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, ATMOSPHERE MODELS, LAUNCHING SITES, HYDROGEN CHLORIDE, PROPELLANT TRANSFER.

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Air Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE