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Spacefraft Aerodynamics [was:Re:AO-40: Plans for April-June 2001]

Tony Langdon wrote:

> Quite likely, the exact amount of drag would have had to have been taken
> into account, that's for sure.

Looking at my P3D model, it's pretty clear that it's *not* 
aerodynamically symmetrical as ALON changes. It loks to me like any drag 
forces caused by the (relatively) turbulent flow on the +Z face would be 
unbalanced by the (relatively) laminar flow on the -Z face.

So when changing the ALON it may actually be easier to go in one 
direction than the other if it takes the +Z face though the low-pressure 
zone "behind" the bird where the dragginess of all the stuff on that 
side is less important.

Who would have thought that wind tunnel studies of a satellite would be 
useful? :-)

73 de Maggie K3XS

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