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. 4nm radiation intensity, total plasma density, and electron temperature of a Mach 12 bow shock was obtained by a sounding rocket experiment launched from the Wallops Flight Facility on April 25, 1990, at 12:32 AM 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/sec. Electron probe and VUV OI 130. 4nm measurements were obtained near nose cone ejection at 37 km.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA 26th Thermophysics Conference, 1991 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Jun 24 1991Jun 26 1991


OtherAIAA 26th Thermophysics Conference, 1991
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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