Visible and near infrared spectroscopy of Hayabusa Reentry using semi-autonomous tracking

McIntyre, Timothy and Khan, Razmi and Eichmann, Troy and Upcroft, Ben and Buttsworth, David (2014) Visible and near infrared spectroscopy of Hayabusa Reentry using semi-autonomous tracking. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 51 (1). pp. 31-38. ISSN 0022-4650


A ground-based tracking camera and coaligned slitless spectrograph were used to measure the spectral signature of visible radiation emitted from the Hayabusa capsule as it entered into the Earth's atmosphere in June 2010. Good quality spectra were obtained, which showed the presence of radiation from the heat shield of the vehicle and the shock-heated air in front of the vehicle. An analysis of the blackbody nature of the radiation concluded that the peak average temperature of the surface was about (3100 � +/- 100)K. Line spectra from oxygen and nitrogen atoms were used to infer a peak average shock-heated gas temperature of around (7000 +/-400)K.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 12:14
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 23:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hayabusa; reentry temperatures
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090107 Hypersonic Propulsion and Hypersonic Aerodynamics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880399 Aerospace Transport not elsewhere classified
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.2514/1.A32497

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