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The Aurora space launcher concept

Kopp, Alexander and Stappert, Sven and Mattsson, David and Olofsson, Kurt and Marklund, Erik and Kurth, Guido and Mooij, Erwin and Roorda, Evelyne (2017) The Aurora space launcher concept. CEAS Space Journal. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s12567-017-0184-2 ISSN 1868-2502

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Abstract

This paper gives an overview about the Aurora reusable space launcher concept study that was initiated in late-2015/early- 2016. Within the Aurora study, several spaceplane-like vehicle configurations with different geometries, propulsion systems and mission profiles will be designed, investigated and evaluated with respect to their technical and economic feasibility. The first part of this paper will discuss the study logic and the current status of the Aurora studies and introduces the first vehicle configurations and their system design status. As the identification of highly efficient structural designs is of particular interest for Aurora, the structural design and analysis approach will be discussed in higher level of detail. A special design feature of the Aurora vehicle configurations is the utilization of the novel thin-ply composite material technology for structural mass reductions. Therefore, the second part of this paper will briefly discuss this technology and investigate the application and potential mass savings on vehicle level within simplified structural analysis studies. The results indicate that significant mass savings could be possible. Finally, an outlook on the next steps is provided.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/116854/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Aurora space launcher concept
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Kopp, AlexanderAlexander.Kopp (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenSven.Stappert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mattsson, DavidSwerea SICOMP, Piteå, SwedenUNSPECIFIED
Olofsson, KurtUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Marklund, ErikUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kurth, GuidoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mooij, ErwinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Roorda, EvelyneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:27 October 2017
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Space Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s12567-017-0184-2
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1868-2502
Status:Published
Keywords:Launcher, Hypersonics, Reusable, Spaceplane, Thin-ply composites
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: Vormschlag, Nele Marei
Deposited On:13 Dec 2017 10:26
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:28

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