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dc.contributor.advisorMiles, Richard-
dc.contributor.authorEllis, Joshua Thomas-
dc.description.abstractPresented here is a novel design for an air-launched rocket concept based on the results of simulations aimed at determining the performance and loading of various air-launch configurations that allow an unmodified ground-launched rocket to inte-grate into an air-launch architecture. Simulations were performed using a 6-DOF MATLAB program and the Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories, which took input aerodynamic data generated in Missile DATCOM, propulsion characteristics, and mass properties for a representative small-payload capacity rocket. Studies were conducted to compare the payload performance and loading of this rocket in various air-launch conditions to its performance and loading in a ground-launch condition. Results showed that current approaches with air-launch configurations subject rock-ets to higher loading than they experience in ground-launch conditions. This led to studies simulating air-launch with the aid of a parachute cluster because of its demonstrated feasibility in air-launching Minuteman I missiles. Using the cluster, the air-launched rocket experienced 40% less loading than the ground-launch case as well as a 20% payload mass increase. A design to realize this air-launch configuration was then developed, using Stratolaunch’s M351 as the example carrier aircraft.en_US
dc.format.extent76 pages*
dc.titleSOAR: Simplified Orientation for Air-Launching Rocketsen_US
dc.typePrinceton University Senior Theses-
pu.departmentMechanical and Aerospace Engineeringen_US
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