Projectile Aerodynamic Approximations Derived in Closed Form From Limited Data - SURVICE/DSIAC Monograph


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These approximations provide simple, easy-to-calculate one-dimensional values for various aerodynamic functions for projectiles, such as range as a function of velocity, time as a function either of range or velocity, and drag as a function of velocity, assuming there are data on any one of them.  In the absence of actual data or full three-dimensional computational methods, these approximations enable trajectory calculations not otherwise possible.

Authors: Fred Malinoski and James Walbert

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