reentry body


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reentry body

[rē′en·trē ‚bäd·ē]
(aerospace engineering)
That part of a space vehicle that reenters the atmosphere after flight above the sensible atmosphere.
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Study, as the reentry body on a long-range ballistic missile.
Medium-Lift Reentry Body that could be deployed on a new sea-based
with a hypersonic reentry body, rather than a standard post-boost
single reentry body and warhead, while the Trident missiles can carry up
phases, but the reentry body would receive a GPS update during its
53) According to the DSB study, Peacekeeper missiles could also carry a single reentry body that had been modified to improve accuracy by allowing for the maneuverability of the warhead, like the E2 warhead described above.
In addition, as was noted above, the United States could use a hypersonic glide vehicle, like the CAV under consideration in the Falcon Study, as the reentry body on a long-range ballistic missile.
It also allotted $30 million in FY2008 and $40 million in FY2009 for alternative reentry systems development, a reference to the Medium-Lift Reentry Body that could be deployed on a new sea-based ballistic missile.
98) Further, their deployment with a hypersonic reentry body, rather than a standard post-boost vehicle and warhead present on a nuclear-armed missile, would reinforce this designation.
Nevertheless, Navy officials have stated that there would be "immediate observable differences at launch" between this missile and a Trident missile because this missile would use two, rather than three, stages and would deliver a single reentry body and warhead, while the Trident missiles can carry up to eight warheads.