Research Papers

The Penetration of Planetary Atmospheres

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Carl Gazley, Jr.

Aeronautics Department, The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.

J. Heat Transfer 81(4), 315-322 (Nov 01, 1959) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008217 History: Received January 26, 1959; Published November 01, 1959; Online February 19, 2019


The problems of penetrating a planetary atmosphere are reviewed and techniques for penetration are discussed. These techniques are resolved into two general classes: (1) Gradual entry into the atmosphere with relatively low deceleration loads and heating rates low enough so that the heat may be rejected by thermal radiation from the surface; and (2) direct entry with higher deceleration loads and higher heating rates with the heat being absorbed by the body surface.

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