Kentucky Re-Entry Universal Payload System (KRUPS): Design and Testing for Re-Entry Flight

John D. Schmidt, J. Tyler Nichols, Matthew P. Ruffner, Ryan D. Nolin, William T. Smith, Alexandre Martin

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Abstract

The Kentucky Re-entry Universal Payload System (KRUPS) team at the University of Kentucky is planning a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in which three capsules will be sent up into orbit on board the NG-16 Cygnus resupply vehicle. After orbit on the ISS, the NG-16 payload will be de-orbited which will cause the three capsules to re-enter the atmosphere. Each capsule will be outfitted with a heat shield. The goal of the mission is to collect thermal data measured by thermocouples placed at the surface of each heat shield. Several tests were conducted to verify the capsules as a whole functioned properly. Additional tests were conducted to ensure various subsystems installed in the capsules functioned properly. The tests were successful and the capsules were qualified to be launched on NG-16 to the ISS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
EventAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 2 2021Aug 6 2021

Publication series

NameAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/2/218/6/21

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for this project was provided by NASA Kentucky Space Grant Award (sub-award of 80NSSC20M0047), NASA EPSCoR Award 80NSSC19M0014 (M. Wright Technical Monitor) and NASA Award 80NSSC21K0286 (A. Sidor Technical Monitor). Special thanks are extended to S. Bouslog for his continuous support throughout the project. The KRUPS team would like to thank Yokohama Industries Inc. (Versailles, KY) for vibration testing the flight batteries using their shaker. The team would also like to thank NASA JSC for providing the flight batteries and Oak Ridge NL for the additional heat shield, as well as NASA Ames Research Center Thermal Protection Materials Branch for the fabrication of both the LI-2200 heat shields. Thanks are also extended to T. Cochell (U. of Kentucky) for allowing the KRUPS team to use the oven and tensile tester. Thanks to K. Berry (SAIC) for his guidance and hard work that brought the team to be approved by the NASA safety department. The team would also like to thank the vibration and EMI test facilities at NASA MSFC, particularly, R. Stephens and J. Fortinberry. The team would also like to thank Burgess Howell (NASA MSFC) for his help with crew operations. Finally, the team would like to thank S. Whitehead (Boeing) and K. Neiss (NASA JSC) for their oversight of the entire KREPE project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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