Modeling ICBM Trajectories Around a Rotating Globe with Systems Tool Kit

@article{Blanco2020ModelingIT,
  title={Modeling ICBM Trajectories Around a Rotating Globe with Systems Tool Kit},
  author={Philip Blanco},
  journal={The Physics Teacher},
  year={2020},
  volume={58},
  pages={494-496}
}
  • Philip Blanco
  • Published 23 September 2020
  • Geology
  • The Physics Teacher
In the April 2018 issue of TPT, Joseph Amato presented an analysis of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) trajectories as applied to recent test launches from North Korea. Using properties of their elliptical paths, he derived relationships between launch velocity, elevation angle, and maximum range. However, this approach cannot include the effects of Earth’s rotation, even though they should be significant for ICBM speeds ≈ 6 km/s and flight times ≈ 25 min. Here I use the aerospace…