MadSci Network: Physics

Re: Does the gulf stream affect missiles

Date: Tue Mar 4 03:21:30 2003
Posted By: Dennis K. Van Gemert, Systems Engineer
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1042714147.Ph

Simply put, yes, it is all about vectors.  The missiles position and 
velocity vectors are affected by the vector forces imparted by the 
external environment.  The guidance algorithm is usually updated just 
prior to launch to include weather balloon and radar data on winds aloft.
Hope that helps, Dennis

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