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An experiment for Shuttle aerodynamic force coefficient determination from inflight dynamical and atmospheric measurementsA two-phase experiment is proposed which utilizes the Shuttle Orbiter and its unique series of repeated entries into the earth's atmosphere as an airborne in situ aerodynamic testing laboratory. The objective of the experiment is to determine static aerodynamic force coefficients, first of the orbiter, and later of various entry configurations throughout the high speed flight regime, including the transition from free molecule to continuum fluid flow. The objective will be accomplished through analysis of inflight measurements from both shuttle-borne and shuttle-launched instrumented packages. Results are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of such an experiment.
Document ID
19780048442
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Compton, H. R. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Blanchard, R. C. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Walberg, G. D. (NASA Langley Research Center Space Systems Div., Hampton, Va., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1978
Subject Category
AERODYNAMICS
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 78-795
Meeting Information
Aerodynamic Testing Conference(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other