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June 18, 2015
Communicating with hypersonic vehicles in flight
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 17, 2015
Near the end of the movie Apollo 13, which depicts the harrowing journey of the three astronauts aboard the aborted 1970 lunar mission, the tension mounts in textbook fashion. As the spacecraft hurdles into Earth's atmosphere it is encircled by hot ionized air that cuts off communications with NASA Mission Control in Houston. Each second that the flight controllers' calls for contact remain unanswered is torturously stretched. This was not just creative license taken by a Hollywood production team ... read more

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