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AEDC PHOTO #62-1317

THE EARLY LAUNCHINGS OF THE POLARIS MISSILE resulted in several total losses due to unexpected overheating of the missile base. Theoretical and experimental studies by AEDC personnel succeeded in discovering a new base flow pattern and base heating source previously unknown. Systematic testing of specific Polaris missile base configurations in conjunction with extended general studies succeeded in developing a missile base configuration which keeps the base heating under control. These findings were subsequently applied to the design of the Minuteman, the Titan and the Centaur systems.

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