Guidance Systems and Guidance System Components
from the United States Air Force Technical Training Manual AFM 52-31
During the 1960s and 1970, some of America's brightest and most creative rocket scientists and engineers designed and built the largest, fastest, most powerful, and most accurate rockets and missiles ever seen. Companies like Aerojet, Rocketdyne, Hercules, Thiokol, TRW, and Sperry collaborated with the U.S. Air Force to publish an advanced training program for new missileers. The result was the AFM 52-31 Technical Training Manual "Guided Missiles Fundamentals," first printed in July 1972.
An exceptional reference resource for the "amateur" rocket scientists, experimenters, designers, and builders of model rockets.
AFM 52-31 is a thick, heavy, unwieldy loose-leaf 575-page volume that contains a wealth of once-secret information, drawings, and data about the most advanced rockets and missile systems of that era. Guided Missiles Fundamentals has long been out-of-print, and reprinted editions of the entire book are expensive and hard to come by. Since the big textbook is expensive in its entirety, the Rocket Science Institute has republished the most important chapters from this huge document, offering them at a more reasonable price.
This book is a reprint of the 115-page section (2 chapters) about Guidance Systems and Guidance System Components. Provides both theory (with detailed examples) and practical information, intended for hands-on USAF missile technicians, mechanics, engineers, and scientists.
Illustrated with numerous detailed tables and charts, drawings and photos, graphs and diagrams. The book is both highly educational and a "fun read," covering these topics with detailed text, formulae, and illustrations, some of which are in better condition than others:
Summary of Contents
- Sensor units and elements
- Electromagnetic sensors
- Radar sensors
- Infrared sensors
- Light-senswitive sensors
- Acoustic sensors
- Magnetic and inertia sensors
- Transformer pickoffs
- Commutation principles
- Scanning methods
- Polarization methods
- Computer units
- codihg and decoding units
- Pulse-width discriminators (PWD)
- Pulse-spacing discrimination
- Pulse-recurrence frequency discriminators
- Phase comparitors
- Analog computers
- Digital computers
- Reference units
- Inertial guidance references
- Timing controls
- Amplifier, controller, actuator, and feedback units
- Command guidance techniques
- Short-range hyperbolic navigation
- Beam-rider guidance
- Schuler tuning
- Rate controllers
- Homing systems
Note: Sample illustrations much smaller and at lower resolution than original!
This is a republished edition, printed directly from a rare digital archive supplied to us by the USAF. Not the highest quality to work from, but still a useful edition of this important and hard-to-find reference resource. Since this is a third-generation edition, many of the photos are less than clear and sharp--but the information they convey is there. Don't expect illustrations of the highest quality in terms of resolution, but each one has a wealth of information that you can use. Legibility in this edition varies from "good" to "not-so-good," even though it was printed with a state-of-the-art laser printer on high-quality, acid-free paper. 115 pages, 11 x 8.5-inches, quality bound. $21.95
Full of esoteric and hard-to-find data. Includes a 4-page summary and description of Department of Defense Guided Missiles.
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