Heat-Transfer Tests of a 0.0175-Scale Model of the Space Shuttle at Mach Numbers 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and 5.5
Final rept. 31 Mar-21 May 1975
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFB TN
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Heat-transfer tests were conducted on the Space Shuttle Integrated Vehicle to investigate heat-transfer rates during the ascent phase of the flight profile. The model was a 0.0175-scale, thin skin, thermocouple-equipped model 60-OTS of the Rockwell International Vehicle 5 configuration. The tests were conducted at nominal Mach numbers of 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and 5.5 and a free-stream unit Reynolds of 5 million per foot. Two nose configurations were tested on the external tank. Data were obtained with the external tank alone and with the external tank and solid rocket booster in the integrated vehicle configuration. This report presents representative test results and data comparisons with theoretical calculations.
- Unmanned Spacecraft