Boulder, Colorado – 12 March 2015:
USim is enabling spacecraft designers to understand re-entry blackout. Re-entry blackout is a fundamental problem in spacecraft flight. When spacecraft re-enters the upper atmosphere, ionized plasma forms around the vehicle, blocking electromagnetic communication. "Modeling Radio Communication Blackout and Blackout Mitigation in Hypersonic Vehicles" reports a successful effort by Tech-X researchers, working with The George Washington University researchers to create and validate capabilities in USim for modelling spacecraft reentry blackout from first principles. You can access these simulation capabilities in USim 2.0, available from Tech-X today.
Right: Blackout of electromagnetic wave around RAM-C vehicle during re-entry.