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Highly Efficient RLV-Return Mode “In-Air-Capturing” Progressing by Preparation of Subscale Flight Tests

Sippel, Martin and Stappert, Sven and Bussler, Leonid and Krause, Stefan and Cain, Sebastian and Espuch, Javier and Buckingham, Sophia and Penev, Vatentin (2019) Highly Efficient RLV-Return Mode “In-Air-Capturing” Progressing by Preparation of Subscale Flight Tests. 8TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE FOR AERONAUTICS AND SPACE SCIENCES (EUCASS) 2019, 01.-04. Juli 2019, Madrid, Spanien.

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Abstract

An innovative approach for the return of reusable space transportation vehicles has been proposed by DLR: The winged stages are to be caught in the air and towed by subsonic airplanes back to their launch site without any necessity of an own propulsion system. This patented procedure is called in-air-capturing. The paper describes how “in-air-capturing” works and quantifies performance advantages for RLV. It gives an overview of ongoing experimental and numerical work at DLR in raising the TRL within the project AKIRA. Afterwards, the H2020 project FALCon is explained and early available results are presented. In its final part, the paper proposes a development roadmap on how to bring this efficient RLV technology to reality.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/129119/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Highly Efficient RLV-Return Mode “In-Air-Capturing” Progressing by Preparation of Subscale Flight Tests
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Sippel, MartinDLRhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575
Stappert, SvenSven.Stappert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779
Bussler, Leonidleonid.bussler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0657-4086
Krause, Stefanstefan.krause (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cain, SebastianSebastian.Cain (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Espuch, JavierEmbention Sistemas InteligentesUNSPECIFIED
Buckingham, Sophiavon Karman Institute for Fluid DynamicsUNSPECIFIED
Penev, VatentinBulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMech-BAS)UNSPECIFIED
Date:4 July 2019
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:in-air-capturing, RLV, FALCon, AKIRA, Subscale Flight Test,
Event Title:8TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE FOR AERONAUTICS AND SPACE SCIENCES (EUCASS) 2019
Event Location:Madrid, Spanien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01.-04. Juli 2019
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
Institute of Flight Systems
Deposited By: Vormschlag, Nele Marei
Deposited On:25 Sep 2019 08:54
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 08:54

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