Super-orbital re-entry in Australia: laboratory measurement, simulation and flight observation

Buttsworth, David R., Jacobs, Peter A., Potter, Daniel, Mudford, Neil, D'Souza, Mary, Eichmann, Troy N., Jenniskens, Peter, McIntyre, Timothy J., Jokic, Michael David, Jacobs, Carolyn, Upcroft, Benjamin, Khan, Razmi, Porat, Hadas, Neely, Andrew and Loehle, Stefan (2012). Super-orbital re-entry in Australia: laboratory measurement, simulation and flight observation. In: Kontis Konstantinos, 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves. 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves, Manchester, England, (29-37). 17 - 22 July 2011. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-25688-2_5

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Author Buttsworth, David R.
Jacobs, Peter A.
Potter, Daniel
Mudford, Neil
D'Souza, Mary
Eichmann, Troy N.
Jenniskens, Peter
McIntyre, Timothy J.
Jokic, Michael David
Jacobs, Carolyn
Upcroft, Benjamin
Khan, Razmi
Porat, Hadas
Neely, Andrew
Loehle, Stefan
Title of paper Super-orbital re-entry in Australia: laboratory measurement, simulation and flight observation
Conference name 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves
Conference location Manchester, England
Conference dates 17 - 22 July 2011
Proceedings title 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-25688-2_5
ISBN 9783642256875
Editor Kontis Konstantinos
Volume 1
Start page 29
End page 37
Total pages 9
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Introduction There are large uncertainties in the aerothermodynamic modelling of super-orbital re-entry which impact the design of spacecraft thermal protection systems (TPS). Aspects of the thermal environment of super-orbital re-entry flows can be simulated in the laboratory using arc- and plasma jet facilities and these devices are regularly used for TPS certification work [5]. Another laboratory device which is capable of simulating certain critical features of both the aero and thermal environment of super-orbital re-entry is the expansion tube, and three such facilities have been operating at the University of Queensland in recent years [10]. Despite some success, wind tunnel tests do not achieve full simulation, however, a virtually complete physical simulation of particular re-entry conditions can be obtained from dedicated flight testing, and the Apollo-era FIRE II flight experiment [2] is the premier example which still forms an important benchmark for modern simulations. Dedicated super-orbital flight testing is generally considered too expensive today, and there is a reluctance to incorporate substantial instrumentation for aerothermal diagnostics into existing missions since it may compromise primary mission objectives. An alternative approach to on-board flight measurements, with demonstrated success particularly in the ‘Stardust’ sample return mission, is remote observation of spectral emissions from the capsule and shock layer [8]. JAXA’s ‘Hayabusa’ sample return capsule provides a recent super-orbital reentry example through which we illustrate contributions in three areas: (1) physical simulation of super-orbital re-entry conditions in the laboratory; (2) computational simulation of such flows; and (3) remote acquisition of optical emissions from a super-orbital re-entry event.
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