Hayabusa Re-Entry airborne observing campaign.

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What: Airborne observation of the Hayabusa Sample Return Capsule re-entry over Australia, using a wide array of imaging and spectrographic cameras.

When: June 13, 2010

Where: Australia

Why: Fast re-entry, similar to that of probes sent to Mars, and similar to natural meteors. Only the second flight test of a thermal protection system under such conditions, following the Stardust SRC entry in January of 2006.

Who: International team of scientists (NASA, JAXA, ...), set up on a research aircraft operated by NASA

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Mission statement: A mission to help evaluate the performance of thermal protection systems of atmospheric entry vehicles returning to Earth at superorbital velocities.
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(2012 January 9-12)

The 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit in Nashville, Tennessee on January 9-12, 2012, will feature a special session on the results from the Hayabusa Entry Observing Camapign.

Early bird Registration deadline is December 12. Registration fee is $730.- before this date, $930.- at the meeting (AIAA member).
The conference papers need to be uploaded by December 20.

Program includes the following papers:

  • D. Buttsworth, P. Jacobs, R. Morgan, P. Jenniskens, "Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Hayabusa Re-Entry using the AUS Instrument"
  • T. J. McIntyre, R. Khan, T. N. Eichmann, B. Upcroft, D. Buttsworth, "Visible and Near Infrared Spectroscopy of Hayabusa Re-entry using semi-autonomous tracking"
  • R. L. Rairden, P. Jenniskens, "Intensified Near-UV Spectroscopy of the Hayabusa Reentry"
  • J. B. Snively, M. J. Taylor, P. Jenniskens, M. Winter, R. Dantowitz, M. Kozubal, "Near-infrared spectroscopy of the Hayabusa sample return capsule re-entry"
  • P. Jenniskens, M. J. Kozubal, R. F. Dantowitz, J. Breitmeyer, M. W. Winter, S. Loehle, "Time-resolved absolute irradiance of the Hayabusa Sample Return Capsule Reentry"
  • S. Loehle, P. Jenniskens, et al., "Fabry-Perot Interferometric measurements of the Hayabusa Reentry shock radiation"

(2011 March 21-22)

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Photo's by Chris Kitting (CSU East Bay):

Michael Winter (NASA ARC) presentation.
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Poster Chris Kitting (CSU East Bay).
Presentation by Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute).
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Alan Cassell (NASA ARC) not afraid of spiders.
Peter Jenniskens and Tetsu Yamada (JAXA) admire UQ shock tunnel model of Hayabusa.

Photo's by Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute):

James Breitmeyer and Marek Kozubal (CCO/D&SS) presentation.
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LOC chair David Buttsworth (USQ) during shock tunnel tour.
Kazuhisa Fujita (left) and Tetsu Yamada of JAXA.
David Buttsworth explains UQ shock tunnel experiment.
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Host Richard Morgan (UQ) shows shock tunnel models, including Hayabusa heat shield.
Ian Tuohy (WTR/BAER Systems) admires Hayabusa capsule shock tunnel model.


Introduction: The University of Queensland in Brisbane will host the Workshop on Re-Entry Emission Signatures V on March 21-22, as part of a bigger meeting in the week of March 21-25, 2011. At this time, we plan to discuss the results from the Hayabusa Reentry Observing campaign. The Local Organizing Committee is headed by David Buttsworth of the University of Southern Queensland and Richard Morgan of the University of Queensland, participants in the Hayabusa Re-Entry MAC mission.

The meeting is part of the Australian Hypersonics Workshop 2011 (March 21-25), including the 11th International Workshop on Shock Tube Technology (March 23) and the Australian Scramjet Flight Testing Workshop I (24-25 March).

Meeting site:

The meeting was held at St. Leo's College in Brisbane, Australia. [MAP]

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