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Sounding Rocket Performances Analysis


Burke, James Donahue (1949) Sounding Rocket Performances Analysis. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/XW5Q-1Y06.


An investigation of the effects of basic design parameters on the performance of a single-stage sounding rocket was made. The tail area required for static stability at various supersonic flight Mach numbers was determined, and the drag coefficient for various configurations was calculated. The general equations of motion for flight in vacuum were integrated for several cases to show the effect of varying specific impulse of fuel, propellant weight ratio, and burning time. An approximate solution of the equations for trajectories in air was obtained by the method of stepwise numerical integration.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Nagamatsu, Henry T. (advisor)
  • Millikan, Clark Blanchard (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1949
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01232009-152718
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:314
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Deposited On:26 Jan 2009
Last Modified:27 Mar 2023 23:16

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