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Development of Electromagnetic Railgun Technology for the Launch of Payloads into Suborbital and Orbital Altitudes

Behrens, J. und Bozic, O. (2004) Development of Electromagnetic Railgun Technology for the Launch of Payloads into Suborbital and Orbital Altitudes. 55th Congress of International Astronautical Federation, Vancouver (can), 04.-08.10.2004.

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The RAILGUN-concept for the launch of small payloads into low Earth orbits is currently under investigation in the frame of ESA studies. The system design of this entirely new launch system foresees the acceleration of slim projectiles to hypersonic speeds by an electromagnetic railgun. The expected high performance concerning efficiency, cost and repetition rates makes this system attractive for space applications. As a first cornerstone in the development of this unconventional and alternative access to space the launch of scientific experiments into suborbital altitudes is planned, enabling to validate all basic features and characteristics. This application will strongly concentrate on actual market needs and will be capable to provide low-cost flights for atmospheric sounding as a first goal. To determine the technical boundary conditions for the application of this new launch system, a high end solution will be derived, capable to launch small satellites into Low Earth Orbit. This paper presents the main concepts and the design aspects with special emphasis on flight mechanics, aero-/thermodynamics, materials and propulsion characteristics.

Dokumentart:Konferenzbeitrag (Paper)
Zusätzliche Informationen: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2005,
Titel:Development of Electromagnetic Railgun Technology for the Launch of Payloads into Suborbital and Orbital Altitudes
Autoren:
AutorenInstitution oder E-Mail-Adresse der Autoren
Behrens, J.EADS Bremen
Bozic, O.NICHT SPEZIFIZIERT
Datum:2004
Status:veröffentlicht
Stichwörter:micro-satellite, rocket, railgun, rocket-engines, aero/thermodynamic, mass optimization
Veranstaltungstitel:55th Congress of International Astronautical Federation, Vancouver (can), 04.-08.10.2004
HGF - Forschungsbereich:Verkehr und Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programm:Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programmthema:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Schwerpunkt:Weltraum
DLR - Forschungsgebiet:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Teilgebiet (Projekt, Vorhaben):W - Grundlagen Raumtransport - Anlagen und Messtechnik (alt)
Standort: Köln-Porz , Braunschweig , Göttingen
Institute & Einrichtungen:Institut für Aerodynamik und Strömungstechnik
Hinterlegt von: Claudia Grant
Hinterlegt am:31 Jan 2006
Letzte Änderung:14 Jan 2010 19:49

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