276. Weight in Overall Missile Performance


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J T Blake: 276. Weight in Overall Missile Performance. 1961.



This paper was presented at the Twentieth National Conference of the Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers at Akron, Ohio, May 15 – 18, 1961. This paper describes the problems of rocket and space weights and weight control from the standpoint of the user of this information.
One of the major tasks in the Atlas Program is the precision determination of the over-all Weapon System performance: this is the determination of the range to which one is willing to assure SAC that they can safely target the missile. This range is referred to in the Atlas Program as the usable range. It should be emphasized that the usable range is not the average or maximum distance that the rocket will go, but the distance that you dare attempt to make it go.


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