Guided Missile Operations, Trajectory Considerations, Principles of Lasers, and Instrumentation
from the United States Air Force Technical Training Manual
An exceptional reference resource for the "amateur" rocket experimenter and builder of model rockets.
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.
Typical illustrations from the book
This book is extracted from AFM 52-31, 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 propulsion systems of that era. The text teaches how missiles like the Falcon, Sparrow, Sidewinder, Bomarc, Bullpup, Mace, Quail, Titan, Hound Dog, Minuteman, Shrike, Maverick, and SRAM work (with focus on propulsion and propellants). For many years this was part of "the bible" that trained thousands of men and women who operated the Titan and Minuteman missile systems, and many once-secret design details of those huge intercontinental ballistic missiles are well-described in this important text.
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 110-page section about Guided Missile Operations, Trajectory Considerations, Principles of Lasers, and Instrumentation. Provides both theory (with detailed examples) and practical information, intended for hands-on USAF missile technicians, mechanics, engineers, and scientists. Covers both jet engines and rocket propulsion systems, solid and liquid.
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
- Surface target selection
- Specific target systems
- Target considerations
- Priority assignment to surface targets
- Aerial target considerations
- Aerial target detection and evaluation
- Missile selection for a specific target
- Missile warheads
- Fuzes for missile warheads
- Warhead detonation points relative to fuze type
- Aerospace ground equipment
- GSE for air-launched missiles
- GSE for ground-launched missiles
- Minuteman and Titan launch complexes (silos)
- Guidance coordinates
- Missile trajectory curves
- Lead-angle and beam-rider courses
- Rocket trajectories
- Natural factors influencing trajectories
- Practical navigation
- Radio propagation and line of pisition (LOP)
- Celestial navigation
- Geometric coordinate systems
- Hisatory of lasers
- Atomic theory
- Stimulated emission
- Resonant cavities
- The ruby laser
- The gas laser
- Laser energy and emission characteristics
- Laser classification and construction
- Laser pumping
- Laser modulation and demodulation
- Microwave modulation of a gallium arsenide injection laser
- Laser radars
- Laser gyroscopes
- Externam instrumentaiton systems
- Optical equipment
- Radar equipment
- Internal instrumentastion systems
- Telemetry systems
- Data recording and oscillographs
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. 110 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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International (Priority Airmail: $9.50)
|We also offer other section extracts from the big Training Manual (as well as the complete book in two volumes, available and described here):
Propulsion of Guided Missiles
Physics Involved in Guided Missile Design
Guidance Systems and Guidance System Components
Guided Missile Control Systems and Control System Components
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