Radiative Heating During Mars Science Laboratory Entry: Simulation, Ground Test, and Flight

@inproceedings{Cruden2016RadiativeHD,
  title={Radiative Heating During Mars Science Laboratory Entry: Simulation, Ground Test, and Flight},
  author={Brett A. Cruden and Aaron M. Brandis and Todd R. White and Milad Mahzari and Deepak Bose},
  year={2016}
}
The heat shield of the Mars Science Laboratory was equipped with thermocouple stacks to measure in-depth heating of the thermal protection system during atmospheric entry. The heat load derived from the thermocouples in the stagnation region was found to be 33% lower than corresponding postflight predictions of convective heating alone. It was hypothesized that this difference could be attributed to radiation from the shock-heated gas, a mechanism not considered in preflight analyses of… CONTINUE READING

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