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Principles of Guided Missiles and Nuclear Weapons

United States Navy Technical Training Manual

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Principles of Guided Missiles and Nuclear Weapons

United States Navy Technical Training Manual NavPers 10784-A (second edition: 1966)

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A huge and heavy volume of 370 pages, profusely illustrated.

For many years this was "the bible" that trained thousands of men and women in Navy ROTC, Navy ROS, and OCS  classes for operating the Polaris and other Navy missile systems.  (Unfortuately, more modern versions remain highly classified.)

A thick, heavy document that's comprehensive and complete, covering every aspect of the Navy guided missiles of the 1960s and 70s.  Provides both theory (with detailed examples) and practical information, intended for hands-on reference by Navy missile technicians, mechanics, engineers, and scientists.

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Provides the basic principles and theories needed for understanding guided missile flight and control, and basic nuclear weapon information  The fundamentals of the different kinds of missile guidance are also discussed.

Considerable detail is given on the effects of nuclear weapons (but not on the construction or operation of the weapons).
Summary of Contents
  • PART I -- GUIDED MISSILES
  • Introduction to guided missiles
  • Factors affecting missile flight
  • Components of guided missiles
  • Missile propulsion systems
  • Missile control components and systems
  • Principles of missile guidance
  • Command guidance
  • Beam-rider guidance
  • Homing guidance
  • Other guidance systems
  • Guided missile ships and systems
  • PART II -- NUCLEAR WEAPONS
  • Fundamentals of nuclear physics
  • Principles of nuclear weapons and their handling
  • Effects of nuclear weapons
  • APPENDIX
  • Table of atomic weights and bibliography
  • Glossary
  • INDEX


"Intended primarily as a classroom training text for NROTC and OCS students."

A comprehensive and complete guide to United States Navy guided missiles of the 1960s and 70s--thick, dense with details--a "must-have" for the reference library of every serious rocket designer, engineer, and technician.

 

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An excellent source of hard-to-find information for the model rocket builder and experimental rocketeer.

Beginning with a history of rockets and missiles, the book explains the German and Japanese weapons of World War II, and provides a complete list of all types of navy missiles and rockets, including many obscure early models and designs.  Even the work of Dr Robert H. Goddard is covered.  Also reviews the contemporary missiles of the Army and Air Force. 

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Covers air-, silo-, mobile-, ship-, and underwater-launched versions. 

Lots of information about:

  • Sidewinder
  • Sparrow
  • Bullpup
  • Terrier
  • Talos
  • Tartar
  • Polaris
  • Asroc
  • Astor
  • Shrike
  • Walleye
  • Condor
  • Phoenix


Covers:

  • Aerodynamics of flight
  • Shock waves
  • Control of supersonic flight
  • Trajectories


Includes:

  • Guided missile components
  • Airframes and body configurations
  • Propulsion systems and propellants
  • Types and effects of warheads
  • Shaped charges and explosive-pellet warheads
  • Time-delay, proximity, impact, ground-controlled fuzes
  • Telemetering systems
  • Jet and rocket engines
  • Missile control systems
  • Gyros and servo-systems
  • Pick-offs and computing devices
  • Missile guidance systems
  • Command, beam-rider, homing, preset guidance
  • Guided missile ships and shipboard systems
  • Nuclear physics
  • Isotopes and radioactivity
  • Nuclear reactions and radiation
  • Principles of nuclear weapons and their handling
  • Nuclear weapons yield, fuzing techniques, safety devices
  • Nuclear weapons handling and storage


Fairly heavy with the electronics circuits, devices, and processes of rockets and missiles, especially controls, guidance, and instrumentation.  A complete education in the electronics of 1960s and 70s ICBMs! 

Profusely illustrated with hundreds of detailed tables and charts, drawings and photos, graphs and diagrams, this Handbook is both highly educational and a "fun read."  It explores just about every aspect of military operations with nuclear-armed ICBMs during the heat of the Cold War.  Full of esoteric and hard-to-find data. 

An exceptional reference resource for the "amateur" rocket experimenter and builder of model rockets. 


Note: Sample illustrations much smaller and at lower resolution than original!

From aerodynamics through trajectories ...

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This huge book covers every detail related to rockets and missiles ...

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Propulsion, controls, servos ... it's all 0here

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The book has hundreds of illustrations, some of which are in better condition than others.  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.
 


 

3d generation copy.  This is a republished edition, printed directly from a rare digital archive supplied to us by the US Navy.  Not the highest quality to work from, but still a useful edition of this important and hard-to-find reference resource.  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.

This is a heavy book, so please allow extra for shipping.

11 x 8.5-inches, 370 pages, quality bound.  $34.95

 
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