A study of the motion and aerodynamic heating of ballistic missiles entering the earth's atmosphere at high supersonic speeds

H. Julian Allen, A. J. Eggers, Jr.
naca-report-1381
1958


A simplified analysis of the velocity and deceleration history of ballistic missiles entering the earth's atmosphere at high supersonic speeds is presented. The results of this motion analysis are employed to indicate means available to the designer for minimizing aerodynamic heating. The heating problem considered involves not only the total heat transferred to a missile by convection, but also the maximum average and local time rates of convective heat transfer.

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