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SHEFEX II - Aerodynamic Re-Entry Controlled Sharp Edge Flight Experiment

Longo, José Maria and Turner, John and Weihs, Hendrik (2008) SHEFEX II - Aerodynamic Re-Entry Controlled Sharp Edge Flight Experiment. 6th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles, 2008-11-03 - 2008-11-06, Versailles (France).

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Abstract

In this paper the basic goals and architecture of the SHEFEX II mission is presented. Also launched by a two staged sounding rocket System SHEFEX II is a consequent next step in technology test and demonstration. Considering all experience and collected flight data obtained during the SHEFEX I Mission, the test vehicle has been re-designed and extended by an active control System, which allows active aerodynamic control during the re-entry phase. Thus, ceramic based aerodynamic control elements like rudders, ailerons and flaps, mechanical actuators and an automatic electronic control unit has been implemented. Special focus is taken on improved GNC Elements. In addition, some other experiments including an actively cooled thermal protection element, advanced sensor equipment, high temperature antenna inserts etc. are part ofthe SHEFEX II experimental payload. A final 2 stage configuration has been selected considering Brazilian solid rocket boosters derived from the S 40 family. During the experiment phase a maximum entry velocity of Mach around 10 is expected for 50 seconds. Considering these flight conditions, the heat loads are not representative for a RLV re-entry, however, it allows to investigate the principal behaviour of such a facetted ceramic TPS, a sharp leading edge at the canards and fins and all associated gas flow effects and their structural response.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:SHEFEX II - Aerodynamic Re-Entry Controlled Sharp Edge Flight Experiment
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Longo, José MariaUNSPECIFIED
Turner, JohnUNSPECIFIED
Weihs, HendrikUNSPECIFIED
Date:6 November 2008
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:re-entry, fly experiment, aerodynamics, thermal protection system, in flight measurement
Event Title:6th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles
Event Location:Versailles (France)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-11-03 - 2008-11-06
Organizer:European Space Agency
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben SHEFEX (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft
Deposited By: Dr.-Ing. Jose Maria Longo
Deposited On:13 Mar 2009
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:36

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