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Spaceport Operations in Europe

Schmitt, Dirk-Roger and Luchkova, Tanja and Morlang, Frank and Hampe, Jens and Kaltenhäuser, Sven (2018) Spaceport Operations in Europe. In: Proceedings 69th International Autronautical Congress, IAC 2018. International Astronautical Federation - IAF. 69th International Astronautical Congress - IAC, 01. October - 05. October 2018, Bremen, Germany.

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Commercial Space Transportation (CST) has become an international business and requires landing opportunities all over the world. Hence the integration of space vehicles in airspace other than the United States NAS is an important topic to be considered. The Single European Sky ATM Research Programme (SESAR) is preparing the implementation of a new ATM system in Europe. With the commercialization of Space Operations under way, the number of Space Vehicle Operations is expected to increase significantly in the upcoming years. Areas of operation will expand from the current established and well known spaceports (e.g. Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg AFB, etc.) towards new operational sites. The development of spaceports is not only expected to take place in the United States but in other countries as well. If the expected cost reduction for space vehicle operation can be realized and commercial space operations established independent of national research and space programs, the number of launch and re-entry activities will increase together with the number of possible launch and landing sites. Operating a spaceport in a remote location with low population density might be an adequate approach in the early stages of expanding commercial space operations. However, the business of CST reaches Europe (which has a high density population as well as a busy airspace in most areas) launch and re-entry trajectories of space vehicles will most probably have to interact with air traffic operations. As air traffic has increased over the last decades and is expected to continue its growth, this aspect will gain further importance, and integrating both kinds of operations (ATM and STM) should be as seamless and efficient as possible. A study was conducted at the Air Traffic Validation Center of the DLR using real and fast time simulations. The results show the way in which the impact of space vehicle landing trajectories on other air traffic in the centre of Europe may be minimized by active dynamic planning in order to avoid flight path conflicts without having too great an impact on commercial aircraft operations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124180/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Spaceport Operations in Europe
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schmitt, Dirk-RogerDirk-Roger.Schmitt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9672-1149
Luchkova, Tanjatanja.luchkova (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Morlang, FrankFrank.Morlang (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hampe, Jensjens.hampe (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kaltenhäuser, Svensven.kaltenhaeuser (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2085-7979
Date:1 October 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings 69th International Autronautical Congress, IAC 2018
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:International Astronautical Federation - IAF
Keywords:Commercial Space, New Space, Spaceports, STM ATM Integration
Event Title:69th International Astronautical Congress - IAC
Event Location:Bremen, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01. October - 05. October 2018
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation - IAF
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Deposited By: Schmitt, Dr.-Ing. Dirk-Roger
Deposited On:04 Dec 2018 10:06
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:21

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