SHARP is a NASA Ames project researching new aerodynamic shapes
with sharp leading edges for the exit and re-entry of space vehicles. These shapes require
new advanced ceramic thermal protection systems which NASA is researching in tandem.
The Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) has a cooperative agreement with NASA Ames to
develop SHARP test re-entry vehicles. The Composites Research Group at Montana State
University is building the structure of the SHARP S1 re-entry vehicle. This group of
graduate and undergraduate students, led by Professor Doug Cairns, is designing and
building the carbon/epoxy shell and aluminum tip (for ballast) of the S1.
The S1 is to be launched near Casper, Wyoming, during the
August 12-20 launch window. The goal of the S1 flight is to test the flight systems and
capture some of the basic aerodynamic properties of the SHARP body during re-entry.
|SHARP S-series PROJECT
NASA Ames Research Center
project coordinator, aero & thermodynamics
Stanford Univ. SSDL
electronics, data acquisition, telemetry
MSU special thanks:
Parachutes- donated 2 specially reinforced parachutes & deployment bag, and kevlar
Big Sky Timber- donated wood for preform plug
Center for Biofilm Engineering, MSU: donated tubing for
pressure sensor lines.