Dynamics of Atmospheric Flight. The equations of motion receive a very full treatment, including the effects of the curvature and rotation of the Earth and distortional motion. Product Description Product Details Geared toward upper-level undergrads, graduate students, and practicing engineers, this comprehensive treatment of the dynamics of atmospheric flight focuses especially on the stability and control of airplanes. Basic Wing and Airfoil Theory.
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A team of six engineers at the university was formed - led by Etkin as the senior scientist - to solve the problem in one day using nothing more than slide rules and collective expertise. Besides Etkin, the team also consisted of Rod Tennyson, Barry French, Philip Sullivan, Peter Hughes, a specialist in orbital mechanics, and another senior scientist, Irvine Glass, a specialist in shock waves.
Given that a small tunnel connected the lunar module to the command module, the team concluded that if they closed the tunnel hatch and pressurized the tunnel, the astronauts could explosively separate the lunar module and blow it away from the command module just prior to re-entry.
The scientists had 6 hours to compute the pressure required using slide-rules. They needed a precise calculation as too high a pressure might damage the hatch and its seal causing the astronauts to burn up; too low, and the lunar module would not separate from the command module. The resulting calculation was relayed by Grumman to NASA, and from there to the astronauts who implemented the solution.
One of the astronauts, Fred Haise spoke at the presentation thanking them personally. In , he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In Etkin received the Thomas W. Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada.
Dynamics of Flight: Stability and Control
BERNARD ETKIN DYNAMICS OF ATMOSPHERIC FLIGHT PDF