In this paper, we will present preliminary results of measurement trials that have been carried out in 2015, where the exhaust plume of launch vehicles has been measured under various atmospheric conditions. The gathered data will be used to validate analytical models for the prediction of the plume signature.
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Caroline Schweitzer, Phillip Ohmer, Norbert Wendelstein, Karin Stein, "Infrared measurements of launch vehicle exhaust plumes," Proc. SPIE 10432, Target and Background Signatures III, 104320A (5 October 2017);