ICBM Launch Weather Restrictions

In the opening scene of the movie War Games the launch crew arrives at the launch complex command center during a severe winter storm with strong winds. Yet, they receive a launch order. If launched during the strong winds the missiles would be blown into the side of the silos by the strong winds. What is the wind speed limit for launching?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >honeypot thread: the post: the forum
    lol, no

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Frick ya mudda

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Cause that's what they're worried about, incels that know what kind of wind a nuke can't fly in.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    moron

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      how so? Missile launches are delayed all the time because of light rain, wind, lightning. How does that make you moronic.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Different acceptable risk parameters.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Winds are not a problem because the missiles have much higher thrust to weight ratio than commercial rockets and are more maneuverable. The only weather they care about are nearby nuclear explosions that throw debris and shockwaves around, maybe tornados too

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >moron thinks that movies are accurate

    Hollywood as public education has been the worst tragedy

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Hollywood as public education has been the worst tragedy
      /thread.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    maybe if there is a tornado directly over the silo doors.
    otherwise that missile is going on it's way to kill a bunch of turdies and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm not supposed to say this OP, but if there is a slight drizzle we launch crews typically 'work from home'.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >we launch crews typically 'work from home'.
      you must be DEI hire.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I doubt wind short of a tornado would do much.
    Hail could probably do some damage though. Good thing there’s lots of them

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What a shit thread jfc

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hail was a concern for thin skinned liquid fuel rockets like the Titan II. Launching directly through a thunderhead could theoretically have the potential to damage an ICBM. High winds are unlikely to have a significant effect on an ICBM. ICBM fields are distributed over wide areas so severe weather is unlikely to affect more than a handful of launch sites at one time. Procedure is to launch no matter the weather. A certain percentage of warheads are expected to never reach their targets due to enemy action, random chance/malfunctions/failures and even the weather.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >In the opening scene of the movie W-ACKKKKKKK

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    That's not saying what you think it is

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >That's not saying what you think it is
      what is it saying that he thinks its not?

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Oh wow look at this, the exact study OP is looking for.

    TLDR wind and wind shear could be a factor, but it's highly unlikely.

    https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/20120015454/downloads/20120015454.pdf

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It could be a factor. But the consequences of NOT launching probably greatly outweighs the risk of a handful of missiles malfunctioning

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The launch facilities and missiles are designed with severe weather during launch in mind. Incoming missiles would still hit through severe storms as well. And with strategic nuclear weapons, the name of the game once the orders to launch are issued, it's use 'em or lose 'em.. But yes, a severe storm right over the silo during a launch may hinder performance.. But it's unlikely to cause it to fail. The reentry vehicles are shielded under the nose cone. The guidance and thrust vectoring can compensate for some pretty extreme induced flight errors. So no. There's no situation that would scrub a nuclear launch other than a confirmed valid message not to launch.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >designed with severe weather during launch in mind
      Not sure what this is supposed to mean. When the missile is sitting in the silo it is well protected. One the missile is launched and half way out of the silo it is moving slowly (accelerating from zero), is free from any supports, and given its size could be easily pushed into the side of the silo. with half of the missle (as it is lift out of the silo) how much thrust vectoring can the engines do to during this phase. Once out of the silo the missile can still be pushed over. All of the launch videos I saw were done during very calm weather. Interesting they do not test the launch during moderate weather conditions - ever.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >- ever
        https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/citations/ADA016392
        >Impact of External Environmental Factors on Minuteman III Inertial Guidance System (NS-20) Failures

        It could be related temperature and pressure variations rather than wind speed itself.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    88 miles per hour.
    If the missile enters a windstorm going exactly that speed, it will randomly go back in time and blow up whatever target it finds after its standard autonomous flight.
    This already happened several times and that's why transdimensional being have invaded our reality to prevent it to happen again. Their preferred method to achieve this goal being to make sure nukes don't work anymore, by making as many people and things from our reality completely moronic.
    Exactly like you and this thread, for instance.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The missiles are highly vulnerable exiting the silo due to the low velocity. Encountering windshear at higher altitudes puts significant strain on the missile as it accelerates past about mach 5.

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