Date: 17th August
Subj: Some technical reading for your weekend
To: Richard Hoagland
cc: Mike Bara, Adrienne Loska
You all ought to read this technical report on the Juno rocket and the Explorer satellites it launched. You will find enlightenment in these pages. These are FACTS.
On page 13 (25 in pdf) You will find a discussion of the variability of thrust and burning rate of the T17-E2 solid fuel of the Baby Sergeants.
Between batch: 3%
Within batch: 0.1%/1.5%
getting very close to the 4% velocity excess of Explorer 1, which is
what is calculated when someone who knows what he's doing applies the
Tsiolkovsky equation (as opposed to Hoagland, whose mathematical skills
are almost absent, and who stated on Coast to Coast AM [21 August 2008] that the excess was 30%).note 1
On page 47 (59 in pdf)
you will find the launch trajectory. You will note that, by the time
the second stage ignited, the vehicle was already at altitude. The task
of the three solid upper stages was to accelerate the vehicle
horizontally to orbital speed. It follows that any so-called
"anti-gravity effect" induced by spinning would have been irrelevant.
On pp 59-66 (68-78 in pdf) You will be thrilled to read a
description of the networks of tracking stations established for
Explorer and to discover how totally wrong you both were.
The Microlock network consisted of:
RED - Earthquake Valley
GOLD - AFMTC Floridanote 2
BLACK - Ibadan, Nigeria
SILVER - Singapore
The Spheredrop network had stations at:
China Lake, CA
Temple City, CA
White Sands, NM
Cedar Rapids, IA
So ten in all. The map Richard included in his wretchedly inaccurate web page Von Braun's Secret is shown to be totally wrong. Mike said on Stranger Advice Radio (20 April 2010) that only three tracking stations were active.
You guys are really, really wrong about all this stuff. You should stick to writing about pet psychology.
1. A neat summary of the math is in the Rational Wiki. Readers new to this whole subject ought to read it.
2. An interesting sidebar is that not only is the oft-misquoted "Goldstone has the bird!" wrong (because Goldstone was not operational in January 1958,) but the oft-corrected version "GOLD has the bird!!" must be wrong too, since GOLD was in Florida.