Optimum Thrust Programming for a Sounding Rocket

H.S. Tsienimage and Robert C. Evansimage

The problem of optimum thrust programming for a sounding rocket of minimum starting weight to reach specified height with given final weight and propellant characteristics is first formulated as a problem in variational calculus. The general solution for arbitrary drag function is given. The solution is then applied to two special cases, one with quadratic drag dependence on velocity and the other with linear drag dependence on velocity. Complete numerical data are ...

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