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Remote Infrared Imaging of the Space Shuttle During Hypersonic Flight: HYTHIRM Mission Operations and CoordinationThe Hypersonic Thermodynamic Infrared Measurements (HYTHIRM) project has been responsible for obtaining spatially resolved, scientifically calibrated in-flight thermal imagery of the Space Shuttle Orbiter during reentry. Starting with STS-119 in March of 2009 and continuing through to the majority of final flights of the Space Shuttle, the HYTHIRM team has to date deployed during seven Shuttle missions with a mix of airborne and ground based imaging platforms. Each deployment of the HYTHIRM team has resulted in obtaining imagery suitable for processing and comparison with computational models and wind tunnel data at Mach numbers ranging from over 18 to under Mach 5. This paper will discuss the detailed mission planning and coordination with the NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Control Center that the HYTHIRM team undergoes to prepare for and execute each mission.
Document ID
20110013663
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Schwartz, Richard J. (Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc. Hampton, VA, United States)
McCrea, Andrew C. (Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc. Hampton, VA, United States)
Gruber, Jennifer R. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Hensley, Doyle W. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Verstynen, Harry A. (Whirlwind Engineering LLC. Poquoson, VA, US)
Oram, Timothy D. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Houston, TX, United States)
Berger, Karen T. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Splinter, Scott C. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Horvath, Thomas J. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Kerns, Robert V. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
June 27, 2011
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2011-3326
NF1676L-12050
Meeting Information
29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference(Honolulu, HI)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 378343.10.02.05.06.01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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