AERODYNAMIC AND AEROTHERMODYNAMIC DESIGN OF THE USV3 RE-ENTRY VEHICLE

Davide Cinquegrana, Giuseppe Pezzella, Pietro Catalano

Abstract


This paper deals with the aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic design analysis of a conceptual aeroshape, designed to fit the constraints of VEGA launcher fairing and with the capability to perform an end-to-end mission from launch, orbit keeping, re-entry and landing on conventional runway. Aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic performances of the aeroshape under investigation were evaluated for the whole flight scenario by means of several numerical tools as low-order methods and computational fluid dynamics code. Results are provided in the paper and considered applicable to drive the choice of a more suitable aeroshape for a whole re-entry system development.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19249/ams.v94i3.132

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