Journal of Astronautics ›› 2017, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (3): 230-239.doi: 10.3873/j.issn.1000-1328.2017.03.002

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Review of Hypersonic Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics for Mars Entries

TANG Wei, YANG Xiao feng, GUI Ye wei, DU Yan xia   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Aerodynamics, China Aerodynamics Research and Development Center, Mianyang 621000, China
  • Received:2016-08-12 Revised:2017-01-03 Online:2017-03-15 Published:2017-03-25


The history and new trend of Mars exploration missions and the essential characteristics of aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics for Mars entries are summarized in the present article. The state-of-the-art research of ground experiments, flight testing and numerical techniques for hypersonic Martian aerodynamics/aerothermodynamics prediction are reviewed in detail. The potential work, including the complicated aerodynamics/aerothermodynamics modeling and simulation, further wind tunnel experiments, and aerodynamic design issues is conclusively proposed for future Mars entry capsule design.

Key words: Mars entry capsules, Hypersonic, Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics, Numerical simulation, Wind tunnel experiment

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