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Assessment of a European Reusable VTVL Booster Stage

Stappert, Sven and Wilken, Jascha and Sippel, Martin and Dumont, Etienne (2018) Assessment of a European Reusable VTVL Booster Stage. Space Propulsion 2018, 14.5.-18.5.2018, Sevilla, Spanien.

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Abstract

Reusability of launch systems has the potential to strongly impact the launch service market if sufficient reliability and low refurbishment costs can be achieved. This study focuses on the vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL) method as currently used by SpaceX. The goal is to determine the impact of this method on a technical, operational and economic level and to identify its potential for a future European reusable launch system with a VTVL booster stage. Therefore, different propellant combinations, stagings, engine cycles and landing methods (downrange landing vs. return to launch site) were considered for a launch system with a reusable VTVL booster stage and a payload capability of 7 tons to GTO (geostationary transfer orbit). The most promising concepts were subjected to a preliminary design loop at subsystem level and are presented in this paper.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121410/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Assessment of a European Reusable VTVL Booster Stage
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Stappert, SvenSven.Stappert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wilken, JaschaJascha.Wilken (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5748-1261
Sippel, Martinmartin.sippel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575
Dumont, EtienneEtienne.Dumont (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4618-0572
Date:May 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:RLV, VTVL, Reusability, Ariane, DLR, RTLS, Gas Generator, Staged Combustion
Event Title:Space Propulsion 2018
Event Location:Sevilla, Spanien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:14.5.-18.5.2018
Organizer:3AF
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: Stappert, Sven
Deposited On:27 Sep 2018 11:26
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:19

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