Thunder over the Horizon: From V-2 Rockets to Ballistic by Clayton K.S. Chun

By Clayton K.S. Chun

Thunder over the Horizon: From V-2 Rockets to Ballistic Missiles КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Praeger safety InternationalСерия: conflict, know-how, and HistoryАвтор(ы): Clayton ok. S. ChunЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2006Количество страниц: 237ISBN: 0–275–98577–6Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 6.49 mb speedy IFOLDER zero

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By Clayton K.S. Chun

Thunder over the Horizon: From V-2 Rockets to Ballistic Missiles КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Praeger safety InternationalСерия: conflict, know-how, and HistoryАвтор(ы): Clayton ok. S. ChunЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2006Количество страниц: 237ISBN: 0–275–98577–6Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 6.49 mb speedy IFOLDER zero

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These weapons can strike foes ranging from countries that have huge military resources to countries that have more meager resources. A missile’s flight path will put its RV into position where it can deliver the weapon on target. Depending on the size and ability of the ballistic missile, the delivery vehicle’s payload could carry a sizeable RV. Similarly, the accuracy of the missile’s guidance system can certainly determine the RV placement into its ballistic path to the surface. The RV must accomplish several operations to successfully deliver its intended cargo.

Radio-inertial guidance systems still serve as an option. These systems rely on commands provided outside the missile’s internal systems. This control arrangement includes a two-way communications scheme and a ground station. This radio-inertial guidance system includes a control point (ground, sea, air, or in the future, space) that tracks the missile’s powered flight and determines if it is on the correct path. The control point then sends out commands via a radio link or other signal to the missile to correct any problems.

The earth bulges at its equator as it spins on its axis. The equator is about twenty-two kilometers wider at its axis than if we measured the radius of the earth through the poles. Another impact is centripetal force, which tends to pull an object that moves in a circular path toward the axis of rotation. The earth’s rotation pulls an object such as a missile toward the center of the planet. Another factor that affects guidance is the combination of speed and altitude that a missile must reach to attain its proper range.

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