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Operation of solid rockets in comparison with hybrid rockets during the STERN project

Schüttauf, Katharina and Stamminger, Andreas and Lappöhn, Karsten and Ciezki, H. and Kitsche, W. (2016) Operation of solid rockets in comparison with hybrid rockets during the STERN project. In: 14th International Conference on Space Operations, SpaceOps 2016. SpaceOps 2016 - 14th International Conference on Space Operations, May, 16th -20th 2016, Daejion, Korea. doi: 10.2514/6.2016-2613.

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In April 2012, the German Aerospace Center DLR launched a support program for students to develop, build and launch their own rockets over a period of three years. The program goes by the acronym STERN (STudentische Experimental-RaketeN). The primary goal of the STERN program is to inspire students in the subject of space transportation through hands-on activities within a project structure, to motivate universities to supervise and support the student projects with the help of financial support and to increase the lecture activities in the field of launcher and propulsion systems. The program is supported by funds from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and managed by the DLR Space Administration. There are no limits regarding flight altitude or the propulsion systems used by the student teams. The students are free to develop, test and launch their own rocket, or purchase a commercial propulsion system. The main demands for each student project are that (1) the rocket shall reach a velocity of at least Mach 1. Moreover (2) the rocket must have a telemetry system to transmit key trajectory and housekeeping data back to earth during flight and provide information to the students including the rocket altitude. (3) It must have a recovery system. Currently, eight German universities are participating in the STERN-program. In October 2015, the first launch campaign was scheduled in ESRANGE, Sweden. Two solid and two hybrid rockets were launched. Ground and mission operation processes are highly complex and involve a wide variety of technologies. The operation of hybrid rocket motors requires a different kind of care and supervision in comparison to the procedures for a solid rocket motor. This paper describes launch procedures and shows that the vehicle design has a major impact on ground facilities, ground safety and operations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/110589/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Operation of solid rockets in comparison with hybrid rockets during the STERN project
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schüttauf, KatharinaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1381-1198UNSPECIFIED
Ciezki, H.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1539-4677UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:14th International Conference on Space Operations, SpaceOps 2016
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:rocket, hybrid, Stern
Event Title:SpaceOps 2016 - 14th International Conference on Space Operations
Event Location:Daejion, Korea
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:May, 16th -20th 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumflugbetrieb / Missionstechnologie (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mobile Rocket Base
Deposited By: Kupka, Doreen
Deposited On:26 Jan 2017 16:21
Last Modified:18 Jul 2023 16:21

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