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Aldebaran: A "System" Demonstrator Project for new Generations of Space Transportation

Gotor, Maria del Pilar Gonzales and Merino, Alejandro Ruiz and Astorg, Jean-Marc and Louaas, Eric and Talbot, Christophe and Longo, José Maria and Sippel, Martin and Froebel, Ludger (2008) Aldebaran: A "System" Demonstrator Project for new Generations of Space Transportation. IAC-08-D2.6 59th International Astronautical Congress, 2008-09-29 - 2008-10-03, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Aldebaran is the name chosen for a "System" demonstrator project which paves the way for one or more next-generation launch vehicle targets and is also specified to be able to realize operational launches. The project takes its name from the brightest star in the Taurus constellation. The proposed demonstrator comes at a time when it is planned to operate existing European launch vehicles (ARIANE 5, Soyuz, VEGA) until around 2025, with no new generation launcher under development before 2015. The project is aiming at developing a flight demonstrator by focusing certain activities involved in the preparation of future launch vehicles. The first launch shall take place around 2014. It would represent an intermediate step prior to the development of a new-generation launch vehicle. The demonstrator shall also be capable of carrying out launch missions for micro- satellites to serve a market niche not covered by existing European launch vehicles. It will be developed in the frame of international co operations. Several possible Aldebaran concepts are under analyses. The paper will present the main Functional Performance Specifications of Aldebaran. Some illustrations of possible concepts will be shown.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Aldebaran: A "System" Demonstrator Project for new Generations of Space Transportation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Gotor, Maria del Pilar GonzalesCDTI
Merino, Alejandro RuizCDTI
Astorg, Jean-MarcCNES
Louaas, EricCNES
Talbot, ChristopheCNES
Longo, José MariaUNSPECIFIED
Froebel, LudgerUNSPECIFIED
Date:29 September 2008
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:launcher, demonstrator, propulsion, micro satellite
Event Title:IAC-08-D2.6 59th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Glasgow, Scotland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-09-29 - 2008-10-03
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 Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft
Deposited By: Dr.-Ing. Jose Maria Longo
Deposited On:13 Mar 2009
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:36

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