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Aerothermodynamics Branch
 
This is a picture of an experimental head shield and decelerator for future entry systems. Image credit: NASA Ames

The Aerothermodynamics Branch supports the design and development of entry systems and technologies by providing integrated modeling, simulation, and testing capabilities in the areas of aerothermodynamics, hypersonic and high enthalpy fluid dynamics, shock layer radiation, and thermal protection system sizing. The Branch is responsible for development, testing, and application of new processes and methodologies for TPS analysis and design, entry environment uncertainty, margin and risk assessment, traceability of ground-based testing to flight, and multi-disciplinary analyses. The Branch actively develops and matures computational and experimental methods and techniques to maintain our state-of-the-art capabilities in entry systems analyses.