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Assessment of Multiple Mission Reusable Launch Vehicles

Sippel, Martin and Stappert, Sven and Koch, Aaron (2018) Assessment of Multiple Mission Reusable Launch Vehicles. 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 01.-05. Oktober 2018, Bremen, deutschland.

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Abstract

Multiple mission reusable launch vehicles could be an interesting and attractive option of the future with cost saving potential. A similar RLV-configuration capable of fulfilling very different needs might significantly reduce the development effort compared to individual developments of several dedicated crafts. The announcement of Elon Musk on the imminent development of a fully reusable two-stage launcher to LEO of very large size, called “BFR” is one spectacular example. DLR’s SpaceLiner concept is similar in certain aspects to the idea of multiple mission reusable launch vehicles. While in its primary role conceived as an ultrafast intercontinental passenger transport, in its second role the SpaceLiner is intended as an RLV capable of delivering heavy payloads into orbit. The paper provides multidisciplinary technical analyses of the different proposed multi-mission RLV-concepts. The characteristic flight conditions of winged gliding stages with those of rocket-decelerated vertical landing vehicles are compared. Performance, size and safety aspects are evaluated.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/122186/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Assessment of Multiple Mission Reusable Launch Vehicles
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Sippel, Martinmartin.sippel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575
Stappert, SvenSven.Stappert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779
Koch, Aaronaaron.koch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:RLV, BFR, SpaceLiner, TSTO, rocket-propulsion
Event Title:69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Bremen, deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01.-05. Oktober 2018
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 Oct 2018 12:44
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:20

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