A study on aerodynamic heating at Jovian atmospheric aerocapture. I

Shinji Hatta, Shigeru Aso, Eko Poetro Ridanto, Hiroshi Hirayama, Tetsuo Yasaka

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The numerical simulations of drag and aerodynamic heating to the spacecraft during Jovian aerocapture have been conducted. DSMC method is used for the simulations of flow fields around the spacecraft. The transient changes of drag due to Jovian atmosphere and total heat loads to the spacecraft are obtained. The results show the estimated heat loads could be within allowable heat load when proper ablation heat shield technique is applied. Also, the results shows Jovian aerocapture could save total mass of spacecraft or could increase payload of spacecraft compared with retro-rocket blowing for space flight to Jupiter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalMemoirs of the Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Energy(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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