ballistic trajectory


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ballistic trajectory

[bə′lis·tik trə′jek·tə·rē]
(mechanics)
The trajectory followed by a body being acted upon only by gravitational forces and resistance of the medium through which it passes.

ballistic trajectory

ballistic trajectory
Ballistic trajectory
The trajectory of a body after the propulsive force is terminated and only gravity and aerodynamic drag act upon the body.
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However, if the United States determined that it needed a conventional PGS capability in the near term, before the boost-glide technology was ready for deployment, these munitions might be deployed in existing reentry vehicles that follow a ballistic trajectory to their targets, like those currently deployed on U.
63) The CSM would not follow the standard ballistic trajectory of nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.
It is true Premier Reticles and a few other folks have been installing holdover dots for particular cartridges and ballistic trajectory for several years prior to this, but the rush to more elaborate holdover bars is a relatively new phenomenon.
The missile did not fly a ballistic trajectory, but a much flatter one (peak altitude of 120 km at 400 km range) with a few sharp direction changes.
The Tomahawk is valuable, but if you have a mobile target, you really want something that is on a ballistic trajectory It gets there fluster.
Conventional aircraft would have to approach in a low-altitude flight profile followed by a steep climb to toss the bomb in a ballistic trajectory.
Therefore, estimates of some of Iran's MRBM tests may be based on observing missiles fired non-optimally, such as in a lofted trajectory that sends missiles higher than they would be relative to an optimal ballistic trajectory.
It is unclear if Iran possesses adequate telemetry gathering capabilities needed to determine flight test results in a true ballistic trajectory over the ocean.