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Data Analysis of Phoenix Reusable Launch Vehicle Demonstrator Flight Test

Jategaonkar, Ravindra and Behr, Roland and Gockel, Wilhelm and Zorn, Cristoph (2006) Data Analysis of Phoenix Reusable Launch Vehicle Demonstrator Flight Test. Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 43 (No. 6), pp. 1732-1737. AIAA, Reston, VA, USA.

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The Phoenix vehicle was designed to flight demonstrate the automatic and unpowered horizontal landing of a representative, winged reusable launch vehicle. The shape of the test vehicle was derived from the suborbital reusable launch vehicle concept Hopper. Three automatic landing tests were completed successfully in May 2004. Methods of system identification were applied to the flight data to evaluate the performance and to improve the design models and databases for future applications. A specific emphasis was placed on the evaluation of the onboard navigation system, air data sensor, aerodynamic model, landing gear effects and ground-roll characteristics. This paper gives a brief overview of the Phoenix mission and elaborates on the flight data analysis and of the preceding wind tunnel campaigns, to allow a comparison of results from different approaches.

Document Type:Article
Title:Data Analysis of Phoenix Reusable Launch Vehicle Demonstrator Flight Test
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Jategaonkar, RavindraUNSPECIFIED
Behr, RolandEADS-ST
Gockel, WilhelmEADS-ST
Date:December 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Aircraft
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:Vol. 43
Page Range:pp. 1732-1737
Publisher:AIAA, Reston, VA, USA
Series Name:Journal of Aircraft
Keywords:System identification, flight data analysis, RLV, Phoenix
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 - Zukünftige Raumtransporter - Entwurf und Simulationsmethoden für Raumtransporter (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > System Automation
Deposited By: Dr.phil. Ravindra Jategaonkar
Deposited On:27 Feb 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:32

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