Vertical landing flight envelope definition
Sammanfattning: This paper will investigate the development of a landing footprint for a re-entry vehicle. Vehicles can re-enter the atmosphere with a range of orientations, velocities and flight path angles. The central question is whether a vehicle with any combination of these states can be brought to an acceptable landing condition at a particular landing site and with a particular landing speed. To aide in this investigation several models must be implemented, including that of the atmosphere, the vehicles, the Earth, and the aerodynamics. A detailed analysis of the aerodynamic model will be treated, and the equations of motion subject to these aerodynamic laws will then be compared to results from existing atmospheric reentry software. The principles of optimization will then be employed to generate the footprint of landable states, based on maximum and minimum possible downrange distances, for two vehicle concepts.
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