Hypersonic Free-Flight Measurement of Aeroshell Forces and Flowfields

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL06AA38P
Agency Tracking Number: 054055
Amount: $69,871.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: S1.04
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Complere, Inc.
P.O. Box 541, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950-0541
Duns: 064773401
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 F. Kevin Owen
 Principal Investigator
 (831) 646-5370
 kevin@complereinc.com
Business Contact
 F. Kevin Owen
Title: Business Official
Phone: (831) 646-5370
Email: kevin@complereinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A Hypersonic Gun Tunnel and laser based high speed imaging systems will be used to generate a unique, free flight, aerodynamic data base of potential Mars aeroshell configurations. These experiments will provide reliable bench mark data for CFD code validation and help aerocapture modeling and optimize aeroshell payload and design. The experiments will be conducted at hypersonic Mach numbers in air and in simulated Martian atmospheric test gases and will cover the hypersonic continuum flow regime. The innovative test results will help improve aerocapture analysis and prediction techniques that will lead to reduced deceleration propellant launch weight, increased payload, and improved delivery accuracy. These improved measurement capabilities will greatly enhance U.S. commercial and military competitiveness in aerospace vehicle design and production, and help regain and stimulate a viable customer-testing base, which will help preserve and improve our national wind tunnel testing infrastructure. These new capabilities will provide significant test data improvements, which will greatly enhance our ability to understand the physical flow phenomena associated complex flows over advanced aerospace vehicles.

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