Modeling in the design and analysis of a hit-to-kill rocket guidance kit
Wonnacott, W. Mark
Newberry, Conrad F.
Schmidt, Louis V.
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This thesis presents several computer models used in the design and analysis of a Hit-to-Kill Rocket Guidance Kit (HRGK). The HRGK proposed as an inexpensive add on kit has the potential of converting unguided 2.75" diameter rockets into precision weapons against non-tank targets. A Naval Postgraduate School design team recently participated in a nation-wide graduate student competition for the design of such a kit. The design and analysis process led the author to develop and use various computer models and simulations. This thesis documents three distinct types of computer models found useful in the design. The first, operational effectiveness modeling, established the cost effectiveness of the NPS HRGK. The second was related to the preliminary sizing of various design aspects ensuring the proper flow down of system requirements into design specifications. The third was a six degree of freedom (6DOF) simulation, developed to perform detailed analyses of the HRGK's performance. Although the models presented in this thesis pertain to the HRGK, the basic principles apply to the design or evaluation of other missile systems, and this thesis provides general insights regarding the benefits and limitations of computer modeling in missile design
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