View inside Electric Space Propulsion Test Facility STG-ET at the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology in Göttingen
Space missions are proverbially challenging.
Complex flow phenomena figure prominently in every phase of a typical space mission, be it in the tanks, the cooling channels and the combustion chamber of a launch vehicle, during its ascent into the ever thinning atmosphere, or during the controlled return of reusable components. Orbit and attitude of spacecraft are controlled with chemical en electrical thrusters. The successful reentry of a spacecraft into the planetary atmosphere of Earth or Mars at a multiple of the speed of sound places the highest demands on the numerical prediction of forces and heat loads.
The Spacecraft Department in the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology has internationally recognized experimental facilities, numerical methods and specialists at its disposable to scientifically answer fluid mechanic questions arising during all phases of a mission.
The department was presented in a short movie during the 30th International Astronautical Congress in Washington.