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originally posted by: gariac
The copyright is 2015, so I assume this is one of last year's tests. The video was uploaded 3/31/2016.
At one point in the video, the missile spins, but most of the flight seems unpowered. I'm going to assume it hit the ground spinning.
A powered, guided munition that travels through the air or space is known as a missile (or guided missile). A powered, unguided munition is known as a rocket. Unpowered munitions not fired from a gun are called bombs whether guided or not; unpowered, guided munitions are known as guided bombs or smart bombs.
The “full-system mechanical environment test” was the first in a line of assessments intended to verify how the B-61 bomb’s new “Mod 12” variant would behave under routine conditions or accident scenarios, the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a statement. The review included use of an Air Force-developed ”tail kit” intended to improve targeting accuracy for the updated bomb, which is to eventually stand in for several earlier versions.
U.S. Conducts ‘Successful’ Test of an Updated B61 Nuclear Bomb
Spin motion is needed to stabilize the bomb as it glides toward its target. It’s controlled by rocket motors and slanted fin tails. But in earlier B61 designs, air plumes from the motors have interfered with fin performance, thus weakening the push, or torque, created by the motors and reducing spin rates.
originally posted by: Shadowhawk
a reply to: gariac
Here is another view: