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Maximum Winds and Missile Responses

Report Number: AFCRL 810
Author(s): Henry A. Salmela and Arnold Court
Corporate Author: Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1961-08
Pages: 8
AD Number: AD0265173

Maximum bending moments induced in a ballistic missile by the wind profile it would traverse are compared with the maximum wind speed at any level in that profile. The correlations of 0.85 and 0.66 for the two missiles studied indicate that maximum wind alone will not provide a perfect prediction of maximum bending moment. But use of a maximum wind threshold for a go-nogo rule can prevent most launch failures due to intolerable bending moments without sacrificing an appreciable number of successful launchings.

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