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An Update of the Upcoming DLR Reusability Flight Experiment - ReFEx

Rickmers, Peter and Bauer, Waldemar and Sippel, M. and Stappert, Sven and Schwarz, René and Sagliano, Marco and Trigo, Guilherme Fragoso and Wübbels, Guido and Martens, Hauke (2018) An Update of the Upcoming DLR Reusability Flight Experiment - ReFEx. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 1.-5. Okt. 2018, Bremen.

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During the last International Aeronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, the Reusability Flight Experiment (ReFEx), a technology demonstrator for Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) technologies, was presented for the first time. ReFEx is being developed by DLR (German Aerospace Center) to provide flight and design data on, as well as operational experience with, a winged fly-back booster concept and is slated for launch in 2021. The experiment will be launched on a VSB-30 sounding rocket to altitudes and velocities similar to a first staging event and will then attempt a return flight along a trajectory comparable to a returning winged first stage RLV, transitioning from hypersonic speeds down to subsonic velocity. The key technologies demonstrated in this vehicle are, amongst others: aerodynamic design of a vehicle capable of stable flight through many flow regimes, guidance, navigation and control (GNC) capable of on-board generation of a feasible, quasi-optimal trajectory, the seamless transition between extra- and intra-atmospheric flight controls and health monitoring of the vehicle status during flight using advanced sensors such as FOS (Fibre Optic Sensors) and FADS (Flush Air Data System). This paper will give an update of the current system design and shed some light on the current efforts to provide a safe flight with an experimental guided vehicle.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126514/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:An Update of the Upcoming DLR Reusability Flight Experiment - ReFEx
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Rickmers, PeterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6500-7922UNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779UNSPECIFIED
Schwarz, RenéUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8255-9451UNSPECIFIED
Sagliano, MarcoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1026-0693UNSPECIFIED
Trigo, Guilherme FragosoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8173-9592UNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:ReFEx, RLV, launch vehicle, hypersonics, flight experiment, flight safety
Event Title:69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Bremen
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:1.-5. Okt. 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transportation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Space Transportation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project ReFEx - Reusability Flight Experiment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Institute of Space Systems > Navigation and Control Systems
Institute of Space Systems > Space Launcher Systems Analysis
Institute of Space Systems > Quality Management
Deposited By: Rickmers, Dr. Peter
Deposited On:20 Feb 2019 09:36
Last Modified:20 Feb 2019 09:46

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