An Experimental Study of Aerodynamic Characteristics of Longitudinally Truncated Cylinders and Cone-Cylinders.
BOSTON UNIV MASS ENGINEERING LABS
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An investigation has been conducted at the Boston University supersonic wind-tunnel testing facility to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of the payload sections of sounding rockets designed to increase drag during re-entry. The higher drag is desired in order to increase the vehicles atmospheric braking during re-entry so that its velocity is reduced to M2 at a much higher altitude than is ordinarily attained. This would allow earlier parachute deployment, thus increasing airborne time and facilitating mid-air recovery by aircraft.
- Fluid Mechanics