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Projects in 1974–1975

Northrop Corporation: A Kinematic Handbook for Missile Design

Robert Borrelli

This project was concerned with an analysis of a type of missile guidance system known as laser beam rider. The distinguishing feature of this system is that the launcher rather than the missile tracks the target. While tracking the target, the launcher projects a coded laser beam of controlled width along the launcher/target line of sight, and the missile need only be capable of following this beam as it moves through space. This project analyzed alternative schemes for minimizing shortcomings of the laser beam rider system and assembled the relevant graphic data to facilitate the design of systems to meet criteria.