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Hypersonic and electromagnetic railgun technology as a future alternative for the launch and suborbital payloads

Behrens, J. and Lehmann, P. and Longo, J.M.A. and Bozic, O. and Rapp, M. and Conde Reis, A. (2003) Hypersonic and electromagnetic railgun technology as a future alternative for the launch and suborbital payloads. 16th ESA Symposium on Rocket and Balloon Programmes, St. Gallen (ch), 03.-05.06.2003.

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Abstract

Astrium-Space Infrastructure is currently performing an ESA funded study to investigate the use of Railgun Technology as an alternative access to high atmospheric altitudes. The subject of this project study is to demonstrate the feasibility of launching small meteorological science payloads by means of hypersonic projectiles, which are accelerated by an electromagnetic railgun with a muzzle end velocity of about 2100m/s. Associated with this new non-conventional propulsion technique is the development of leading-edge hypersonic projectiles to withstand a harsh environment with acclerations of about 12,000g and high tip temperatures. The choice of materials for the hypersonic projectile's case and insulation to protect any payload is a demanding engineering task. Above all it has to be lightweight and inexpensive. Compared to the solid and/or liquid rockets available today, a railgun offers several advantages such as high efficiency with high repetitions rates and low recurring costs. A launch price is envisaged which is drastically lower than today's market prices for conventional atmospheric sounding rockets.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004,
Title:Hypersonic and electromagnetic railgun technology as a future alternative for the launch and suborbital payloads
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Behrens, J.Astrium-Space Infrastructure, Bremen
Lehmann, P.French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis, Frankreich
Longo, J.M.A.UNSPECIFIED
Bozic, O.UNSPECIFIED
Rapp, M.Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Kühlungsborn
Conde Reis, A.ESTEC/IMT, Niederlande
Date:2003
Status:Published
Event Title:16th ESA Symposium on Rocket and Balloon Programmes, St. Gallen (ch), 03.-05.06.2003
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Grundlagen Raumtransport - Anlagen und Messtechnik (old)
Location: Köln-Porz , Braunschweig , Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology
Deposited By: Claudia Grant
Deposited On:31 Jan 2006
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 19:30

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