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Abstract

The purpose of this seminar is to investigate the effects that aerodynamics and the various forces that act on a rocket and aircraft have on flight efficiency. The calculation of the coefficient of drag, velocity, acceleration of the aircraft during thrust, and many other concepts will be compared to current theoretical concepts for each nose cone tested. By keeping the mass of the aircraft constant throughout the investigation and by altering the shape of the nose cone of various aircrafts, a variety of these concepts will be calculated and each nose cone compared. calculations will show that the nose cone with the lowest coefficient of drag, and therefore the most efficient nose cone in flight, is the elliptical shaped nose cone (CD = 1.225) which is not the most streamlined nose cone design.