System Design and Preliminary Analysis of the UQ Near Infrared Spectroscopy Data of the Hayabusa2 Re-entry

James, Christopher M. and Thompson, Matthew and Apirana, Steve F. and Zander, Fabian ORCID: and Buttsworth, David R. and Payne, Allan (2022) System Design and Preliminary Analysis of the UQ Near Infrared Spectroscopy Data of the Hayabusa2 Re-entry. In: AIAA SciTech Forum 2022, 3 Jan - 7 Jan 2022, San Diego, California.


In December 2020 University of Queensland researchers participated in a University of Southern Queensland led flight observation of the re-entry of the Japanese Hayabusa2 Sample Return Capsule over Woomera in the Australian outback. This paper presents details of the system which University of Queensland researchers used to take spectral data of the entry and some preliminary results from the instruments. The University of Queensland system consisted of two grism spectrometers focusing on slightly different regions of the visible and near infrared wavelength spectrum. One spectrometer was operated with a fixed exposure time and the other was operated using software which allowed it to select its own exposure time based on the brightness of the previous image, in real time. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time a camera with an autonomous exposure time has been used in a re-entry observation mission. The system worked, however, the specified maximum exposure time was slightly too long, so the images often blurred instead of reducing their exposure time. Around 400 images with a spectrum were captured between the two spectrometers from 17:28:56 to 17:29:16 UTC. Preliminary analysis is presented here and analysis is ongoing.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Engineering (1 Jan 2022 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 23:45
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Re-entry observation; grism spectrometers; Hayabusa2
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400106 Hypersonic propulsion and hypersonic aerothermodynamics
40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400199 Aerospace engineering not elsewhere classified
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