Measurements of ultraviolet radiation from A 5 km/sec bow shock

P. W. Erdman, E. C. Zipf, P. J. Espy, C. Howictt, D. A. Levin, R. J. Collins, G. V. Candler

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Ultraviolet emission from a 5.1 km/sec re-entry bow shock was measured in a sounding rocket experiment launched from the Barking Sands Research Range (Kauai, Hawaii). Optical data were obtained as the payload descended from 115 to 62 km. The intensity of the near ultraviolet spectrum [λ200-400 nm], and the vacuum ultraviolet resonance radiation emitted by atomic oxygen and hydrogen at λ130.4 nm and λ121.5 nm, respectively, were measured. Complementary Langmuir probe measurements provided data on the total plasma density and electron temperature in the boundary layer over a limited altitude range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA 27th Thermophysics Conference, 1992 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jul 6 1992Jul 8 1992


OtherAIAA 27th Thermophysics Conference, 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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