atmospheric entry


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atmospheric entry

[¦at·mə¦sfir·ik ′en·trē]
(aerospace engineering)
The penetration of any planetary atmosphere by any object from outer space; specifically, the penetration of the earth's atmosphere by a crewed or uncrewed capsule or spacecraft.
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Tender issueOne important constraint in the sizing process of an ablative TPS for atmospheric entry vehicles is the temperature limit of the supporting heatshield structure and of the bonding material used to attach the TPS.
Meteorites that survive atmospheric entry and impact vary greatly in size.
The team observed a fractional back-and-forth rocking of the spacecraft an hour before atmospheric entry.
The final suspects were examined under a binocular microscope for signs of atmospheric entry.
The investigative team learned that the separation between the Schiaparelli probe and the Tras Gras Orbiter (TGO) went as planned, as well as the atmospheric entry.
For six minutes the saucer-shaped lander - about the size of a Smart car - used a combination of a heatshield, two parachutes and a cluster of rockets to slow down its initial atmospheric entry speed of 13,000mph to a hovering zero just above the surface.
FEMA would handle the preparations and response planning related to the consequences of atmospheric entry or impact to U.
Therefore, it is most probable that this object was natural and that atmospheric entry was well to the east of our first images.
This demonstration flight goes a long way toward showing the value of these technologies to serve as atmospheric entry heat shields for future space," he noted.
Jenniskens and his international cadre of researchers think that much of the organic matter in comet dust somehow survived the rapid heating of Earth's atmospheric entry.
Much of it looks the same, but that's because the physics of atmospheric entry haven't changed recently.
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