Ablation modeling of electro-magnetic launched projectile for access to space

Ryan Gosse, Graham V Candler

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It has been proposed to study and identify the technical issues involved in the launch to space of micro-satellite payloads using an electromagnetic launcher (EML). A CFD code was developed to help characterize the aero-thermal issues involved with the flight of the projectile as it exits the Earth's atmosphere. Initial conceptual geometries were chosen to evaluate the feasibility of launching to orbit from an aircraft. Due to expected high heating fluxes, carbon-carbon was selected for the heat shield. Results of the initial selected geometries are presented and used to evaluate the practicality of a passive thermal protection system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Number of pages17
StatePublished - Jul 2 2007
Event45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2007Jan 11 2007


Other45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV


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