Accession Number : AD0748562

Title :   Supersonic Dynamic Stability Experiments on the Space Shuttle,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Orlik-Ruckemann,K. J. ; LaBerge,J. G. ; Hanff,E. S.

Report Date : 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : A wind-tunnel study was performed of the longitudinal dynamic stability of the shuttle spacecraft at supersonic speeds. In particular, the study included the determination of the damping-in-pitch characteristics of the orbiter and of the booster, both separately and in a mated launch configuration, and the investigation of the effect of a simulated rocket exhaust plume and of the static and dynamic interference during abort separation. Static interference is defined here as caused by the proximity of the second vehicle when that vehicle is stationary, whereas dynamic interference denotes the same effect but with the other vehicle performing an oscillatory motion. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RENDEZVOUS SPACECRAFT, SUPERSONIC CHARACTERISTICS), STABILITY, WIND TUNNEL MODELS, EXHAUST FLAMES, FLOW FIELDS, FLOW VISUALIZATION, STAGING, EXPERIMENTAL DATA

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE