nzjrs wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:13 am
Rodak wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:20 pm
Study Von Brauns V2 thust vectoring, without it working V2's only flew a few kilometers before nosing downwards.
And why did they crash? Obviously because of the rocket pendulum fallacy!
In addition to Wernher von Braun not understanding the pendulum rocket fallacy
he made a second design mistake.
You see, the V2 were controlled by a very early inertial navigation system, but it was not perfect. A fatal flaw! The PF stabilisation of manolis will have no such problems because it will use the smartest control system ever designed - the human mind (featured also in babies learning to walk and unicyclists)
Jokes aside, the V2 INS and the history of the things they tried is super interesting. http://www.astronautix.com/v/v-2.html
At the risk of straying even further from the topic, (but further to your post above),
one literally 'bird-brained' solution tried (& it worked, experimentally) way back in WWII
to overcome primitive electro-mechanical guidance control, was the pigeon-guided missile,
with a 'Skinner-box' trained bird watching for the target, & pecking in control commands!
(& the Japanese, of course, also made grim use of human-guided missiles in combat).
As for "the human mind", one of the post-war uses for the leftover stockpile of V2 fuel,
hydrazine, was in MAOI anti-depressants, but it seems the supply might be used up now..
Dr Moreau sez..
"Who breaks the law... goes back to the House of Pain!"