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DLR Reusability Flight Experiment ReFEx

Bauer, Waldemar and Rickmers, Peter and Kallenbach, Alexander and Stappert, Sven and Wartemann, Viola and Merrem, Clemens Hans-Joachim and Schwarz, René and Sagliano, Marco and Grundmann, Jan Thimo and Flock, Andreas K. and Thiele, Thomas and Kiehn, Daniel and Bierig, Andreas and Windelberg, Jens and Ksenik, Eugen and Bruns, Thorben E. and Ruhe, Tobias and Elsaesser, Henning (2019) DLR Reusability Flight Experiment ReFEx. Acta Astronautica, 168, pp. 57-68. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.11.034. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.11.034


The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is currently developing the Reusability Flight Experiment (ReFEx). The successor of the already performed hypersonic flight experiments SHEFEX I and II shall be launched on a Brazilian VSB-30 sounding rocket in 2022 and shall achieve a re-entry velocity of more than Mach 5. The main goals of the project are the demonstration of a controlled autonomous re-entry flight from hypersonic velocity down to subsonic range and the testing of the key technologies required for future reusable first stage systems. Utilizing Concurrent Engineering (CE) approach the fundamental feasibility of this sophisticated flight experiment has been investigated by the entire ReFEx team. All required systems, including sensors and actuators as well as their interfaces have been defined and different options were assessed regarding matters such as the scientific output, complexity, risk and cost. The current configuration of ReFEx has a re-entry mass of about 400 kg, a length of 2.7 m and a wingspan of 1.1 m. This paper provides a system overview and addresses the Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV) technologies Guidance, Navigation and Control as well as Flight Instrumentation. Furthermore the mission design (launch & re-entry) and the main challenges regarding the mission realization are addressed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/132256/
Document Type:Article
Title:DLR Reusability Flight Experiment ReFEx
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Bauer, WaldemarUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7972-2721UNSPECIFIED
Rickmers, PeterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6500-7922UNSPECIFIED
Kallenbach, AlexanderUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2602-8725UNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779UNSPECIFIED
Wartemann, ViolaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1920-3364UNSPECIFIED
Merrem, Clemens Hans-JoachimUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9858-8273UNSPECIFIED
Schwarz, RenéUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8255-9451UNSPECIFIED
Sagliano, MarcoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1026-0693UNSPECIFIED
Grundmann, Jan ThimoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-0981UNSPECIFIED
Flock, Andreas K.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0507-2420UNSPECIFIED
Kiehn, DanielUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7383-0740UNSPECIFIED
Windelberg, JensUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9249-2967UNSPECIFIED
Bruns, Thorben E.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9866-3122UNSPECIFIED
Date:27 November 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 57-68
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Keywords:ReFEx, reusable launch vehicle, reusable system, launch vehicle, space transportation
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: Braunschweig , Bremen , Köln-Porz , Neustrelitz , Oberpfaffenhofen , Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mobile Rocket Base
Institute of Space Systems > Space Launcher Systems Analysis
Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft, BS
Institute of Space Systems > Navigation and Control Systems
Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Supersonic and Hypersonic Technology
Institute of Flight Systems > Flight Dynamics and Simulation
Institute of Flight Systems > Safety Critical Systems&Systems Engineering
Institute of Space Systems > Transport and Propulsion System
Institute of Structures and Design > Space System Integration
Deposited By: Bauer, Waldemar
Deposited On:09 Dec 2019 11:10
Last Modified:31 Oct 2023 13:36

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