Compared to the “old” aerothermodynamics of space vehicles developed mainly during the fifties and the sixties, there have been considerable advances made in this field over the last few decades. These advances have been achieved by spectacular progress in computer science, development of numerical methods and new measurement techniques. This scientific progress has inevitably led to the reduction of launching costs and therefore to better environment protection.
In this field, a score of scientific papers have been published in specialized journals. The aim of the present special issue is to bring to the attention of readers an overview of these achievements through leading scientific works in this field. The issue, devoted to the development of aerothermodynamics for space vehicles, will cover studies related to the high-speed flight of advanced launchers, reentry vehicles and planetary descent.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- The science and technology of classical aerodynamics;
- Thermodynamics encompassing physical modelling
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Wind tunnel testing
- Measurement techniques and instrument developments;
- Rarefied flows
- Reentry flows
Proposition deadline (title, authors. 5-line description): 31 March 2010
Full manuscript submission: 31 October 2010
End of reviewing process: 31 January 2011
End of author corrections : 31 March 2011