## Atmospheric reentry: an introduction to its science and engineering |

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### Contents

PREREENTRY EXOATMOSPHERIC TRAJECTORIES | 1 |

THE EARTHS ATMOSPHERE | 8 |

KINEMATIC MOTION IN THE ATMOSPHERE | 23 |

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aerodynamic boundary layer AIAA altitude ambient American Rocket Society angle of attack angle-of-attack approximately assumed atmospheric reentry axis ballistic coefficient base flow Blunt Reentry Body body flow field boundary layer bow shock bow shock wave calculation Chap cones deceleration density ratio determined diffusion downstream distance effect electron concentration energy enthalpy equations equilibrium free shear layer free stream velocity frequency gradients heat transfer heat transfer rate Hypersonic Inviscid Far Wake inviscid shock layer inviscid wake kinetic laminar heat transfer mass Maximum Laminar Heat molecular molecule momentum motion nonequilibrium normal shock wave plasma pressure radar cross section radiation rate constants reentry angle reentry body reentry conditions reentry function Reynolds number scale height shock wave shown in Fig slender reentry bodies stagnation point stand-off distance Table temperature and density thermal thermodynamic trajectory turbulent core turbulent wake underdense variation viscous core