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.
American Physical Society. Physics in Action: Sonic Shock. College Park: American Physical Society, April 23, 2004. https://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/shockwaves.cfm (accessed 11 August 2022).
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