Flight measurements of low-velocity bow shock ultraviolet radiation

Peter W. Erdman, Edward C. Zipf, Patrick Espy, Carl Howlett, Deborah A. Levin, Richard Loda, Robert J. Collins, Graham V. Candler

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The ultraviolet spectrum, atomic oxygen 130.4-nm radiation intensity, total plasma density, and electron temperature of a Mach 12 bow shock were obtained by a sounding rocket experiment launched from the Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) on April 25, 1990 at 12:32 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). A two-stage, Terrier Malamute rocket which attained an apogee of 720 km was used in this experiment. Optical data in the 200-400-nm wavelength range were obtained from 37 to 75 km at a vehicle velocity of 3.5 km/s at various locations on the 0.1016-m radius hemispherical dome. Electron probe and VUV OI 130.4-nm, measurements were obtained near nose cone ejection at 37 km. This article presents a discussion of the instruments used and the key data obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993

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    Erdman, P. W., Zipf, E. C., Espy, P., Howlett, C., Levin, D. A., Loda, R., Collins, R. J., & Candler, G. V. (1993). Flight measurements of low-velocity bow shock ultraviolet radiation. Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 7(1), 37-41. https://doi.org/10.2514/3.11566