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ReFEx launch with a sounding rocket - a challenging mission on a reliable carrier

Schmidt, Alexander and Kirchhartz, Rainer and Hörschgen-Eggers, Marcus and Kallenbach, Alexander (2019) ReFEx launch with a sounding rocket - a challenging mission on a reliable carrier. 8th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS 2019), 1.-4. July 2019, Madrid, Spain.

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Sounding rockets are a platform eminently suited for conducting experiments with supersonic and hypersonic experimental vehicles. For many years, but especially during the last decade, DLR's Mobile Rocket Base MORABA took part as a launch provider in a variety of missions dedicated to hypersonic and reentry vehicle research. This included missions for cooperation partners, like the HIFiRE program and the ScramSpace project. These were launched from Andøya Space Center, Norway, as well as Woomera in Australia. DLR's research and technology program also relies on sounding rockets as carrier vehicles to conduct aerothermodynamic research. The ROTEX-T mission (measurements of loads due to heat and air resistance) as well as SHEFEX I and SHEFEX II (hypersonic reentry experiments) made a significant contribution to hypersonic research in general and demonstrated the applicability of sounding rockets to the research field. Especially SHEFEX II had to master some challenges, like a precession maneuver with a spinning rocket to achieve the required initial conditions for the scientific flight path. For the ReFEx flight, which is planned to fly in Woomera 2021, MORABA's VSB-30 vehicle was chosen. This vehicle has been launched successfully for more than 30 flights to date and is therefore considered as a reliable vehicle. It also served as a carrier vehicle for some of the above mentioned missions. Consequently, ReFEx as a hypersonic research mission launched on a sounding rocket by MORABA as a propulsion system is a logical choice. This paper gives an overview on MORABA's activities in the above mentioned programs and an outlook towards the additional challenges the ReFEx mission might face.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/128568/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:ReFEx launch with a sounding rocket - a challenging mission on a reliable carrier
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:23 June 2019
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Sounding rockets, reusability, technology demonstrator, hypersonic
Event Title:8th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS 2019)
Event Location:Madrid, Spain
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:1.-4. July 2019
Organizer:EUCASS association
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: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mobile Rocket Base
Deposited By: Völk, Dr. Stefan
Deposited On:24 Jul 2019 10:38
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:26

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