SURVIVABILITY OF EMERGENCY ESCAPE FROM A SIMULATED SPACE SHUTTLE ENTRY TRAJECTORY

dc.contributor.advisorAkin, David Len_US
dc.contributor.authorShapiro, Elisaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAerospace Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-03T14:56:25Z
dc.date.available2005-08-03T14:56:25Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-05en_US
dc.description.abstractAs a component of the NASA SVTI on reusable launch vehicles, the University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory in 2002 began an investigation of the feasibility of providing crew escape options from the Space Shuttle or a future reusable launch vehicle throughout the entry profile. MATLABTM code was written to simulate a typical winged vehicle entry trajectory. The code was extended to simulate ejection trajectories for a ballistic capsule on a minute-by-minute basis throughout the original entry profile. The ejection trajectories, representing instantaneous change in vehicle aerodynamic properties, were studied for theoretical survivability and were analyzed to determine the optimum design characteristics for an escape vehicle. The results indicate that escaping from a reentering vehicle is survivable for most of the trajectory, with the exception of a small period right around maximum aerodynamic pressure.en_US
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/2574
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineering, Aerospaceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledEmergency Escapeen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledReentryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSpace Shuttleen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledLifeboaten_US
dc.titleSURVIVABILITY OF EMERGENCY ESCAPE FROM A SIMULATED SPACE SHUTTLE ENTRY TRAJECTORYen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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