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Drone Launched Short Range Rockets

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of MA Lowell, One University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
Aerospace 2020, 7(6), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace7060076
Received: 16 February 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 26 May 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
A concept of drone launched short range rockets (DLSRR) is presented. A drone or an aircraft rises DLSRR to a release altitude of up to 20 km. At the release altitude, the drone or an aircraft is moving at a velocity of up to 700 m/s and a steep angle of up to 68° to the horizontal. After DLSRRs are released, their motors start firing. DLSRRs use slow burning motors to gain altitude and velocity. At the apogee of their flight, DLSRRs release projectiles which fly to the target and strike it at high impact velocity. The projectiles reach a target at ranges of up to 442 km and impact velocities up to 1.88 km/s. We show that a rocket launched at high altitude and high initial velocity does not need expensive thermal protection to survive ascent. Delivery of munitions to target by DLSRRs should be much less expensive than delivery by a conventional rocket. Even though delivery of munitions by bomber aircraft is even less expensive, a bomber needs to fly close to the target, while a DLSRR carrier releases the rockets from a distance of at least 200 km from the target. All parameters of DLSRRs, and their trajectories are calculated based on theoretical (mechanical and thermodynamical) analysis and on several MatLab programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: reusable first stage; short range ballistic missiles; rocket artillery; drone launched rockets reusable first stage; short range ballistic missiles; rocket artillery; drone launched rockets
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Shubov, M.V. Drone Launched Short Range Rockets. Aerospace 2020, 7, 76.

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