A Review of Aerodynamic Characteristics for Several Recovery Schemes of Reentry Vehicles,
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This paper conducts analysis and comparison of the aerodynamic characteristics for several recovery schemes of reentry vehicles. These schemes include the aft jettison mass plus parachutes, the sidewise jettison mass-drag cones plus parachutes, the towed cones plus parachutes, the drag brakes plus parachutes, and the aft jettison mass-drag brakes plus parachutes. The features of pattern of air flow for these schemes, the results of wind tunnel tests and the results of engineering calculation are emphasized. Based on this, a ballistic analysis and performance comparison for these schemes are carried out, and suggestions for the selection of schemes and further work are proposed.
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry