Accession Number : ADA491628
Title : Reentry Breakup and Survivability Characteristics of the Vehicle Atmospheric Survivability Project (VASP) Vehicles
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA
Personal Author(s) : Stern, Richard G.
PDF Url : ADA491628
Report Date : 05 AUG 2008
Pagination or Media Count : 26
Abstract : The breakup of two satellites (Vehicle Atmospheric Survivability Project) during atmospheric reentry is documented. The satellites were deboosted from orbit, and their subsequent reentries were observed by surface-based radars and optics as well as airborne optics. Numerous pieces of satellite debris were tracked, and, in some cases, their heritage identified. The breakup process substantiated the heating relationships derived from the VAST test, which is an order of magnitude less than traditional heating relationships above an altitude of 30 nmi.
Descriptors : *ATMOSPHERE ENTRY, *ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, *SPACECRAFT DEBRIS, AERODYNAMIC HEATING, SURVIVABILITY
Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE