Accession Number : ADD000382

Title :   Reentry Vehicle Nose Tip Flight Testing Apparatus.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Lordan,Jack M

Report Date : 24 Dec 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The patent relates to an apparatus providing the simultaneous flight testing of a plurality of reentry vehicle nose tips of the same or of different configuration. A preferred embodiment of the flight testing apparatus includes: a reentry flight test vehicle having a front end (i.e., a nose tip end) and, suitable conventional means for removably mounting the reentry vehicle nose tips which are to be flight tested on, and around, the front end of the reentry test vehicle in a symmetrical pattern. The apparatus significantly reduces the cost, the time, the number of flight tests necessary, and the number of reentry vehicles needed, to evolve a satisfactory design of a reentry vehicle nose tip.

Descriptors :   *Nose tips, *Test fixtures, *Patents, Reentry vehicles, Flight testing, Test vehicles

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Traj, Accuracy and Ballistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE