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STATIC LONGITUDINAL AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS AT TRIANGULAR PYRAMIDAL LIFTING REENTRY CONFIGURATION FOR ANGLES OF ATTACK UP TO 110 DEGREES
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON D C
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The static longitudinal aerodynamic characteristics of a blunted right triangular pyramidal lifting reentry configuration have been obtainedAT Mach numbers from 0.60 to 1.20 and angles of attack from 0 degrees to 110 degrees. The test Reynolds number, based on the mean geometric chord, varied during the tests from about 2.2 x 10 to the 6th power to 5.7 x 10 to the 6th power. The results indicate that the model was statically longitudinally stable near 0 degrees and 90 degrees angle of attack however, the onset of pitch-up caused unstable or neutrally stable regions between angles of attack of about 25 degrees to 50 degrees. Maximum lift-drag ratios of about 2.4 were obtained at subsonic speeds and then diminished to about 1.6 at low supersonic speeds. Comparisons with data from other tests indicate that blunting the nose, leading edge, and ridge line had little effect on the maximum lift-drag ratio. Author
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