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Method and system for control of upstream flowfields of vehicle in supersonic or hypersonic atmospheric flight

The upstream flowfield of a vehicle traveling in supersonic or hypersonic atmospheric flight is actively controlled using attribute(s) experienced by the vehicle. Sensed attribute(s) include pressure along the vehicle's outer mold line, temperature along the vehicle's outer mold line, heat flux along the vehicle's outer mold line, and/or local acceleration response of the vehicle. A non-heated, non-plasma-producing gas is injected into an upstream flowfield of the vehicle from at least one surface location along the vehicle's outer mold line. The pressure of the gas so-injected is adjusted based on the attribute(s) so-sensed.
Inventors: 

Ten-See Wang, Endwell O. Daso, Victor E. Pritchett, II, Rebecca Ann Farr

Patent Number: 
US8251312
Patent Issue Date: 
September 28, 2012
Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Alabama
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