Density of Hail Suppression Rocket Network

Zlatko Vuković, Nenad Aleksić


An economic rocket-based hail suppression system requires a rational launcher network. The current network in Serbia is on a spacing distance of 3 km. Considerations of seeding methodology and rocket operational characteristics show that spacing should properly be between 3 and 7 km, depending on the terrain elevation. Introduction of rockets with longer ranges would not be economical. Long range rockets are not now suitable for use in high terrain elevations and there are operational problems in their use. The higher price of such rockets would offset savings due to network reduction. Instead, further network reduction can be made possible by redesigning the rockets in use to have lower minimum trajectory elevations.

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