Cover: Air Radiation from Nonequilibrium Wakes of Blunt Hypersonic Reentry Vehicles

Air Radiation from Nonequilibrium Wakes of Blunt Hypersonic Reentry Vehicles

Published 1964

by Richard Hundley


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Part of a continuing theoretical study of reentry physics. The wakes of reentry vehicles at altitudes of 100,000 ft or above will not be in chemical equilibrium. Under these conditions, the wake radiation cannot be obtained from the ordinary equilibrium calculations, but a detailed study must be made of the chemical kinetics of the nonequilibrium wake. This Memorandum presents the results of such a study for the case of a blunt, nonablating vehicle.

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