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Offline WallE

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GAMBIT 20
« on: 07/28/2017 11:28 PM »
Was this a Range Safety destruct or not? Apparently the Atlas programmer accidentally issued simultaneous BECO/SECO commands and it necessitated several design modifications to prevent a recurrence. It was listed as an RSO destruct for years and there is a contemporary newspaper report where an Air Force spokesman states that the vehicle was intentionally destroyed after wandering off course, however the Perry history of GAMBIT merely states that it "followed a ballistic arc to impact 680 miles downrange in the Pacific Ocean" and GD/A docs do not seem to indicate that any destruct action was taken.

This flight has always kind of puzzled me.
« Last Edit: 07/29/2017 08:04 AM by WallE »

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