A Symmetric Time-Varying Cluster Rate of Descent Model
- Ray, Eric S.
- March 30, 2015.
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- A model of the time-varying rate of descent of the Orion vehicle was developed based on the observed correlation between canopy projected area and drag coefficient. This initial version of the model assumes cluster symmetry and only varies the vertical component of velocity. The cluster fly-out angle is modeled as a series of sine waves based on flight test data. The projected area of each canopy is synchronized with the primary fly-out angle mode. The sudden loss of projected area during canopy collisions is modeled at minimum fly-out angles, leading to brief increases in rate of descent. The cluster geometry is converted to drag coefficient using empirically derived constants. A more complete model is under development, which computes the aerodynamic response of each canopy to its local incidence angle.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20150003466.
AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar; 30 Mar. - 2 Apr. 2015; Daytona Beach, FL ; United States.
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