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Feasibility of Rocket Artillery Systems With Reusable First Stage

Version 1 : Received: 21 December 2019 / Approved: 22 December 2019 / Online: 22 December 2019 (14:21:36 CET)

How to cite: Shubov, M. Feasibility of Rocket Artillery Systems With Reusable First Stage. Preprints 2019, 2019120301 Shubov, M. Feasibility of Rocket Artillery Systems With Reusable First Stage. Preprints 2019, 2019120301

Abstract

A concept of guided artillery rockets with reusable first stage otherwise called a rocket launcher aircraft (RLA) is presented. RLA raises the second stage rockets (SSR) to an altitude of up to 20 km. While RLA is moving at low supersonic speed, it releases one or more SSRs. RLA returns to the base within a few minutes of it’s launch. SSRs use slow burning motors to gain altitude and velocity. At the apogee of their flight SSRs release projectiles which fly to the target and strike it at high impact velocity. The projectiles reach a target at ranges of up to 374 km and impact velocity up to 1.35 km/s. We show that a rocket launched at high altitude and high initial velocity does not need expensive thermal protection to survive ascent. Delivery of munitions to target by the system described should be much less expensive than delivery by a conventional rocket. All parameters of RLA, SSR, and their trajectories are calculated based on theoretical (mechanical and thermo-dynamical) analysis and on several MatLab programs.

Subject Areas

guided artillery rockets; rocket launcher aircraft

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