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Reflections on Conditions for Commericail Air-launched Suborbital Flight in Europe - Selected Results of a Study Funded by the European Community (EC)

Belmont, J.P. and Starke, J. and Longo, J. and Novelli, Ph. and Kordulla, W. (2008) Reflections on Conditions for Commericail Air-launched Suborbital Flight in Europe - Selected Results of a Study Funded by the European Community (EC). 1st Symposium on Private Human Access to Space, 2008-05, Arcachon (France).

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Abstract

The achievements of Scaled Composites with their SpaceShipOne (SS1) flights in 2004 in the frame of the Ansari X-Prize competition led the authors to propose an EC study to look into corresponding capabilities and opportunities for suborbital flight in Europe. This study confirmed that space tourism is the major commercial driver for suborbital ballistic flight, as long as the corresponding costs cannot be reduced substantially. The study considered a variety of issues to conclude that technical show stoppers to achieve suborbital flight in Europe do not exist, assuming the composite configuration of an Airbus as carrier plane and a winged space plane as suborbital vehicle. A major stumbling block, in addition to the funding issues, remains with legal issues and to achieve permission to fly such vehicles in Europe

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Reflections on Conditions for Commericail Air-launched Suborbital Flight in Europe - Selected Results of a Study Funded by the European Community (EC)
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Belmont, J.P.DASSAULT
Starke, J.Astrium ST
Longo, J.UNSPECIFIED
Novelli, Ph.ONERA
Kordulla, W.ESA/ESTEC
Date:30 May 2008
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:space tourism, aerodynamics, fly mechanics, re-entry
Event Title:1st Symposium on Private Human Access to Space
Event Location:Arcachon (France)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-05
Organizer:The Atmospheric Re-entry Association
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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