LABORATORY SIMULATION OF REENTRY PLASMA SHEATHS.
Rept. for May 66-Mar 67,
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LABS DIV
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A technique was developed for simulating in the laboratory the electronic properties of reentry plasma sheaths using a novel type of discharge. This technique can be used to cover a metallic model of a reentry vehicle of almost any shape with a plasma layer. Unlike the conventional simulation methods using electrical discharges, glass walls are not needed to confine the discharge, and therefore pattern distortion is minimized. The plasma produced has an electron-density profile very similar to that found in the viscous boundary layer of a reentering vehicle. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry
- Non-Radio Communications