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Suitability of Reusability for a Lunar Re-Supply System

Dumont, Etienne (2016) Suitability of Reusability for a Lunar Re-Supply System. In: Proceedings of the 67th International Astronautical Congress. 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 26.-30. Sep. 2016, Guadalajara, Mexiko. ISBN 9781510835825

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Abstract

Moon landers built in the past were designed and optimized for specific missions, with a limited consideration of follow-on missions. They were expendable and based on storable hypergolic propellants. In order to enable a sustainable presence on the Moon for research but also other activities, a new type of transportation architecture is needed. Technical developments since the 1960s open a large range of new solutions which could be beneficial for a lunar transportation. The ROBEX (Robotic Exploration under Extreme Conditions) project, in particular, is focusing on new types of lunar architectures, for which modularity, re-configurability and flexibility should play a central role to guarantee the sustainability of the design. In this framework a reusable lunar single stage to orbit vehicle called RLRV (Reusable Lunar Resupply Vehicle) has been designed. It is able to land payloads on the Moon and to launch payloads from the lunar surface in anticipation of their return back to Earth. The RLRV is characterized by a design relying on the combination of cryogenic propulsion, in-situ propellant production and reusability. Important technologies that are enabling such a design have been identified to refine the RLRV design. The flexibility of the vehicle has been demonstrated with the assessment of its performance for a whole range of missions. The comparison of the RLRV with a classic lander such as the descent module of the Apollo Lunar Lander demonstrates that a large reduction of the payload to be injected by an Earth launch vehicle and an Earth departure stage can be achieved with the proposed design.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/106540/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:Robex Projekt von der HGF finanziert
Title:Suitability of Reusability for a Lunar Re-Supply System
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Dumont, EtienneEtienne.Dumont (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4618-0572
Date:28 September 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 67th International Astronautical Congress
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
ISBN:9781510835825
Status:Published
Keywords:Moon mission, Reusability, ISPP, Cryogenic propellant, ROBEX
Event Title:67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Guadalajara, Mexiko
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:26.-30. Sep. 2016
Organizer:IAF
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transport
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Systemanalyse Raumtransport
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Space Launcher Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Dumont, Etienne
Deposited On:11 Oct 2016 15:13
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:03

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