IRS Ground-Testing Facilities: Thermal Protection System Development, Code Validation and Flight Experiment Development

@inproceedings{Herdrich2004IRSGF,
  title={IRS Ground-Testing Facilities: Thermal Protection System Development, Code Validation and Flight Experiment Development},
  author={Georg Herdrich and Stefan Loehle and Monika Auweter-Kurtz and P. Endlich and Markus Fertig and Sergej Pidan and Elizabeth Anne Schreiber},
  year={2004}
}
Five plasma wind tunnels (PWK 1 - 5) are in operation for the investigation and qualification of TPS materials. Different plasma sources are developed for generating the high enthalpy plasma flows as they are expected for reentry flights. Exemplary results of measurements for trajectory points of X-38 and the planned EXPERT vehicle are presented. The PWKs and auxiliary facilities such as the IRS black body source and the emissivity measurement facility as well as their different application… CONTINUE READING