University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Fall 1997 Seminar Series

Planetary Exploration Missions

Dr. Loren Lemmerman

Jet Propulsion Laboratory


The talk will be focused on the application of fluid mechanics in potential missions to the outer planets. Relevant future planetary exploration mission concepts will be presented, followed by a brief definition of a technology program needed to enable such missions. A discussion of one aspect of that technology program, an earth orbiting experiment called Firebird will conclude the talk. Firebird is an experiment designed to obtain spectral data from the bow shock in the upper atmosphere. Such data would be used to improve and validate modeling of radiative heating in computational aerothermochemistry codes.

Friday, October 31, 1997
209 Akerman Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after the seminar in 227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
Contact Audrey Stark-Evers, Senior Secretary, 625-8000.