96. Weight and Balance Problems of “”Zero Length”” Launching


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W J Griffey: 96. Weight and Balance Problems of ”Zero Length” Launching. 1954.



The introduction, in 1947, of the idea of ‘zero length’ launching in connection with the Matador missile presented some novel engineering problems-and the Weight Group received its full share. The solutions to these problems represent a first attempt on our part, and do not attempt to constitute final answers.
It is hoped, nevertheless, that this discussion may prove informative to those who already face these problems-and serve to alert those who have yet to encounter them. Certainly, these problems will arise again and again as surface-launched missiles become more common. Designers of conventional aircraft too, will be encouraged to consider zero length launching-as a means for eliminating the need for take-off runways


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