The staging dynamics of a proposed space shuttle configuration
A mathematical model was developed to simulate the staging dynamics of a proposed Space Shuttle configuration. Included in the mathematical model is the kinematics and dynamics of the staging mechanism, thrust forces and thrust vector control, rigid-body dynamics, and structural dynamics of both the booster and orbiter stages of the configuration. The mathematical model was incorporated into a computer program so that the staging maneuver could be simulated. Results of the simulations are presented.