Dr. Hosder Receives NASA Langley’s H. J. E Reid Award for his Publication on Hypersonic Reentry

The journal paper entitled, “Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis of Afterbody Radiative Heating Predictions for Earth Entry” co-authored by Thomas West, Chris Johnston, and Serhat Hosder, associate professor of Aerospace Engineering, was selected as the second-place winner of NASA Langley Research Center’s prestigious Henry J. E. Reid Award in 2018. The Reid Award is NASA Langley’s top award recognizing technical excellence in research publications. The competition for the award is rigorous. The recommendations for awards are made from a field of high quality research publications by a panel of Agency Senior Technologists who, by virtue of their positions, are designated the Agency’s technical leads in their disciplines.

 “The research described in the paper successfully identifies the most significant uncertainty sources and their impact on the afterbody radiative heating predictions of spacecraft during hypersonic entry, which will play a significant role in the design of thermal protection systems for future NASA spacecraft” says Prof. Hosder. The first author of the paper, Dr. Thomas West, who currently works at the Vehicle Analysis Branch of NASA Langley, received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Missouri S&T and was a graduate student of Dr. Hosder. The paper is published in AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer and is available to download at https://doi.org/10.2514/1.T4948.

Sample results from the paper showing the uncertainty and sensitivity of analysis of afterbody radiation of Stardust Capsule during hypersonic reentry