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#1 I really got an appreciation for the concept of "Overkill" (missile failure rate) when visiting the Titan II missile museum south of Tucson.
They had a big chart to explain overkill, describing the percent of high quality American missiles that it is assumed would fail at various stages during and after launch.
Missiles failed in silo. Failed leaving the silo during launch. Failed in the first stage (boost system) just after leaving the silo. Failed still in first stage at Challenger altitude.
Failed at separation and ignition of second stage (post-boost vehicle system), which is a big jump in failures. Failure on reaching zenith and separation and ignition of third stage (re-entry system).
You also have to add in failures of the navigational system, guidance system, the weapons arming system, anti-missile systems and other nuclear detonations which can damage and destroy, and make ineffective.
And last but not least, the nuke may fail in many ways, including an unplanned high explosives detonation, or if timing for the detonation isn't exact.
This is why the US tested and tests all its major missiles at frequent intervals.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-03 09:45||
#2 Multi-stage rockets are one of those "harder than it looks" things.
Posted by mojo 2012-02-03 09:58||
You will NOT launch.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2012-02-03 12:16||
#4 OOOOOOOOOO, you just know Bug Bunny's GREMLIN WW2 toon character is involved.
Well, iff OWG Caliphate-happy Militants-Terrorists = Non-State NGOS/TANGOS/Proxies armed or wid access to LR IRBMS, ICBMS isn't enough for worry, WHAT IS???
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-02-03 18:45||