This Physics Central feature describes shock waves and explains their shape and physics. Images of shock waves of various objects in air show how a "blunt body" minimizes heating on reentry from space. Also, the site describes the "waverider" concept that enables a vehicle to ride on its own shock wave and shows a prototype aircraft. Links to other references are included.
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