Intercepting ICBMs in Three Dimensions

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This Demonstration simulates an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) being chased by an Extended Range Interceptor (ERINT). Three sample paths are given for the ICBM: logarithmic (most typical), helical, and a combination of the two. The ERINT pursuit is governed by the iteration of differential equations in a manner similar to that of Euler's method. See Details for more complete discussion.

Contributed by: Scott Constable (April 2011)
Additional contributions by: David Brown
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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