Water Landing Impact of Recovery Space Capsule: A Research Overview

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Nakano, Eiichiro ; Uchikawa, Hideaki ; Tanno, Hideyuki ; Sugimoto, Ryu (2014)
  • Publisher: 日本ロケット協会
  • Journal: The Journal of Space Technology and Science(JSTS), volume 27, issue 2, pages 2_13-2_20 (issn: 0911-551X)
  • Subject: HTV-R

For the design of a manned or cargo space capsule, it is important to precisely estimate the Earth landing loads to the crew or cargo, and to limit the loads to within a permissible range. Water landing simulations and scale-model water landing tests with varying conditions for descending velocity, pitch angle, and horizontal velocity during splashdown were conducted to estimate the magnitude of water impact on the recovery space capsule. This paper describes the results of the simulation and water landing tests.
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