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Orbiter aerodynamic acceleration flight measurements in the rarefied flow transition regime
14th Applied Aerodynamics Conference
Acceleration data taken from the Orbital Acceleration Research Experiment ( O m ) during reentry on STS-62 have been analyzed using calibration factors taken on orbit. This is the first Orbiter mission which collected OARE data during the Orbiter reentry phase. The data examined include the flight regime from orbital altitudes down to about 90 km which covers the free-molecule-flow regime and the upper altitude fringes of the rarefied-flow transition into the hypersonic continuum. Ancillarydoi:10.2514/6.1996-2467 fatcat:bncbxpbqy5djpcmkach55ckqn4