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Some Considerations on Suborbital Flight in Europe

Starke, J. and Belmont, J.-P. and Longo, J. and Novelli, Ph. and Kordulla, W. (2008) Some Considerations on Suborbital Flight in Europe. 15th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 2008-04, Dayton (USA).

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Abstract

Sparked by the achievements of Scaled Composites with their SpaceShipOne flights in 2004, a study was proposed to the EC 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, unless the corresponding costs can be reduced substantially. The study considered a variety of issues to conclude that technical show stoppers to achieve suborbital flight iu 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, except for the funding issues, remains to achieve permission to fly such vehicles in Europe.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Some Considerations on Suborbital Flight in Europe
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Starke, J.Astrium ST
Belmont, J.-P.Dassault
Longo, J.UNSPECIFIED
Novelli, Ph.ONERA
Kordulla, W.ESA/ESTEC
Date:24 April 2008
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:space tourism, re-entry, fly mechanics, aerodynamics
Event Title:15th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference
Event Location:Dayton (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-04
Organizer:15th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference
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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