Radiometric temperature analysis of the Hayabusa spacecraft re-entry

Eichmann, T. N. and Khan, R. and McIntyre, T. J. and Jacobs, C. and Porat, H. and Buttsworth, D. and Upcroft, B. (2012) Radiometric temperature analysis of the Hayabusa spacecraft re-entry. In: 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves (ISSW 28), 17-22 Jul 2011, Manchester, United Kingdom.

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Hayabusa, an unmanned Japanese spacecraft, was launched to study and collect samples from the surface of the asteroid 25143 Itokawa. In June 2010, the Hayabusa spacecraft completed it's seven year voyage. The spacecraft and the sample return capsule (SRC) re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over the central Australian desert at speeds on the order of 12 km/s. This provided a rare opportunity to experimentally investigate the radiative heat transfer from the shock-compressed gases in front of the sample return capsule at true-flight conditions. At these conditions, the total heat transfer to the vehicle has a significant radiative component and this can be estimated by studying the radiation emitted from the shock layer and the hot surface. Such measurements can be compared with numerical simulations of the flow and with results from ground-based testing in shock tunnels and expansion tubes. This in turn leads to a better understanding of the complex thermochemistry occurring within the shock layer and aids in the design of more efficient thermal protection systems for future spacecraft.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 03:03
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 04:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: spacecraft; thermal protection; simulation; aerospace engineering; asteroids; heat transfer
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080110 Simulation and Modelling
09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090107 Hypersonic Propulsion and Hypersonic Aerodynamics
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091502 Computational Heat Transfer
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-25688-2_77

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