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A Shuttle Upper Atmosphere Mass Spectrometer /SUMS/ experimentA magnetic mass spectrometer is currently being adapted to the Space Shuttle Orbiter to provide repeated high altitude atmosphere data to support in situ rarefied flow aerodynamics research, i.e., in the high velocity, low density flight regime. The experiment, called Shuttle Upper Atmosphere Mass Spectrometer (SUMS), is the first attempt to design mass spectrometer equipment for flight vehicle aerodynamic data extraction. The SUMS experiment will provide total freestream atmospheric quantitites, principally total mass density, above altitudes at which conventional pressure measurements are valid. Experiment concepts, the expected flight profile, tradeoffs in the design of the total system and flight data reduction plans are discussed. Development plans are based upon a SUMS first flight after the Orbiter initial development flights.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Blanchard, R. C.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Duckett, R. J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Space Systems Div., Hampton, VA, United States)
Hinson, E. W.
(NASA Langley Research Center; Systems and Applied Sciences Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1982
Subject Category
Spacecraft Instrumentation
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 82-1334
Meeting Information
Meeting: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference
Location: San Diego, CA
Start Date: August 9, 1982
End Date: August 11, 1982
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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