Abort Separation Pressure Distributions on McDonnell-Douglas Space Shuttle Configurations at Mach Numbers 2, 3, and 5
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFS TN
Pagination or Media Count:
The report summarizes the pressure distributions obtained on the lower surface of an orbiter and upper surface of a booster adjacent model surfaces during possible staging and abort maneuvering positions, and for various proposed launch configurations, of a space shuttle vehicle. The results were obtained with and without booster and orbiter plume simulation at nominal free-stream Mach numbers of 2, 3, and 5. A brief description is made of the calibration of nozzles used to generate plumes for the power-on simulation. Results demonstrate the importance of plume simulation on the aerodynamic loading of a vehicle and suggest that plume simulation is needed to evaluate properly the aerodynamic coefficients for space shuttle vehicles.
- Unmanned Spacecraft