The Physics of a Missile Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Physics of a Missile
Explains the physics behind ballistic missiles as used in warfare.
# 147720 | 2,250 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 19, 2011 in Physics (General) , Military (Military History)

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This paper relates the laws of physics require that intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) pass though the outer atmosphere. Next, the author looks at the sequence of operations needed to properly launch the anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM), which is among the latest long-range weapons utilized in naval battles. The paper investigates the function of the global positioning system (GPS), which is responsible for the breathtaking precision of cruise missiles. The paper has footnotes and an appendix with photos.

From the Paper:

"The important technical factor that makes cruise missiles soar over rocket-powered missiles is that, as it breathes air, it does not have to carry an oxidizer and thus its range is considerably longer compared to a rocket powered missile of equal weight. The rocket powered missile is the front runner on all other aspects. For example it travels much faster, it can fly low, it can have lower radar cross sections, and it can have equal precision. Besides, it is not only simpler, but possibly more dependable. However the advantage of a cruise missile is much more. In order to burn its fuel, a rocket-powered missile must carry oxygen."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Betts, Richard K. Cruise Missiles. Brookings Inst Pr. 1982.
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  • N. A. Missiles. The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, The University of Texas at Austin. 2008. <>
  • N. A. Physics of Ballistic Missiles. 2009. <>
  • Spolders, Erwin. How a Cruise Missile Works" Journal of how things work. vol. 1, 1999, pp: 8-11.

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