Charts for Determining the Characteristics of Ballistic Trajectories in a Vacuum

by Deane N. Morris

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A summary of information on trajectories of ballistic vehicles traveling in a vacuum about a nonrotating, spherical earth. Graphs permit determining important parameters connected with these trajectories, including range, time of flight, apogee altitude, terminal velocity, and terminal flight-path angle as functions of conditions at burnout. Charts give values of velocity, flight-path angle, time, and range along the trajectory for burnout altitudes from 400,000 to 1,000,000 feet, burnout velocities from 2500 ft/ sec to escape velocity, and burnout flight-path angles between -30 and 90 deg. A summary of information on trajectories of ballistic vehicles traveling in a vacuum about a nonrotating, spherical earth. Graphs permit determining important parameters connected with these trajectories, including range, time of flight, apogee altitude, terminal velocity, and terminal flight-path angle as functions of conditions at burnout. Charts give values of velocity, flight-path angle, time, and range along the trajectory for burnout altitudes from 400,000 to 1,000,000 feet, burnout velocities from 2500 ft/ sec to escape velocity, and burnout flight-path angles between -30 and 90 deg. (See also RM-3475.)

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