In situ plume radiance measurements from the bow shock ultraviolet 2 rocket flight

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

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Abstract

The ultraviolet spectrum (200-400 nm) of the plumes generated by the second- and third-stage engines of a Strypi XI rocket and of the Mach 17 re-entry bow shock were obtained by a sounding rocket experiment launched from the Barking Sands Research Range (Kauai, Hawaii) on February 18, 1991, at 14:30 GMT. The re-entry optical data were obtained as the payload descended from 120 to 65 km with a vehicle velocity of 5.1 km/s. The intensities of the vacuum ultraviolet resonance radiation emitted by atomic oxygen and hydrogen in the bow shock at 130.4 and 121.5 nm, respectively, were also measured. Complementary Langmuir probe measurements provided data on the total plasma density and electron temperature in the boundary layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-708
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of thermophysics and heat transfer
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Erdman, P. W., Zipf, E. C., Espy, P., Howlett, C., Christou, C., Levin, D. A., Collins, R. J., & Candler, G. V. (1993). In situ plume radiance measurements from the bow shock ultraviolet 2 rocket flight. Journal of thermophysics and heat transfer, 7(4), 704-708. https://doi.org/10.2514/3.480