RCR combines the ATS3, ATS6, ACG, AHM, VFM and DCS modules to provide an overall prediction of the casualty risk for a controlled or uncontrolled spacecraft entry. The simulation can consider uncertainties in atmospheric properties, aerodynamics, aerothermal heating, material properties, or even state vector at fragmentation. With the high efficiency of the software, a casualty risk prediction, and a rich understanding of the uncertainties driving that prediction, can be provided in a sensible computation time for CDF studies:

  • Integrated - Automated chains of simulations, comprising ACG aerothermal database evaluations, which drive ATS6 trajectory simulations, that are terminated by VFM fragmentation events and give rise to one or more new vehicle geometries; can be evaluated. These new geometries can then, in turn, be evaluated in a hierarchical manner until either individual components demise, or impact the ground. All components reaching the ground can then be assessed for casualty risk with DCS.
  • Applied with understanding - Belstead Research can leverage its understanding of aerothermal phenomena to help maximise the reliability of the on ground casualty risk prediction of RCR.
  • Accurate - RCR has been benchmarked against the published results from other spacecraft re-entry tools, as described in the case studies.
  • Configurable - All aspects of RCR can be configured using JavaScript. This enables sequences of simulations and complex conditional scenarios to be scripted. Uncertainties in all configuration properties can be considered in the casualty assessment.
  • Portable - Written in a combination of Java and JavaScript, RCR is fully supported on Windows, Unix / Linux and OS X.