Can a snowflake erode the conical portion of a projectile?

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Can a snowflake erode the conical portion of a projectile?

Will it erode a orb shape projectile?

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Can a snowflake erode the conical portion of a projectile?
« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2011 04:24:49 »
Can a snowflake erode the conical portion of a projectile?

Air molecules can, if the projectile is travelling fast enough ...

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The first work on the technology of reentry was done in the early stages of the cold war. Intercontinental missile warheads would evaporate during reentry unless a protective technique could be found. Work that began at Douglas Aircraft Company's Project RAND in 1952 suggested that ablation cooling would be the best technique.
http://www.space.com/2946-boeing-thermal-protection-system-orion-spacecraft.html

air + snowflakes would do more damage than air alone.
« Last Edit: 05/04/2011 04:35:02 by RD »