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The regolith rocket—A hybrid rocket using lunar resources

Stoll, Enrico and Härke, Philip and Linke, Stefan and Heeg, Francesca and May, Stefan (2020) The regolith rocket—A hybrid rocket using lunar resources. Acta Astronautica, 179, pp. 509-518. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.11.022. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576520306962

Abstract

The use of lunar hybrid rockets, that connect the Moon surface with a lunar gateway and provide it with resources, are evaluated. Therefore, the composition of lunar regolith and its use for specific rocket subsystems is assessed. In particular, this work evaluates the use of oxygen and aluminum from regolith as oxidant/fuel mixture as well as the use of alloys from regolith for the tanks and fairing of the considered rockets. It shows the advantages of in-situ resource utilization for the rocket development. Further, it depicts the current limitations that arise when developing such a technology

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/139005/
Document Type:Article
Title:The regolith rocket—A hybrid rocket using lunar resources
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Stoll, Enricoe.stoll (at) tu-braunschweig.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4760-3445
Härke, Philipp.haerke (at) tu-braunschweig.deUNSPECIFIED
Linke, Stefanstefan.linke (at) tu-braunschweig.deUNSPECIFIED
Heeg, Francescaf.heeg (at) tu-braunschweig.deUNSPECIFIED
May, Stefanstefan.may (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:179
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.11.022
Page Range:pp. 509-518
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0094-5765
Status:Published
Keywords:Lunar ascent; Hybrid rocket; ISRU; Regolith; Moon
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 - Reusable Space Systems and Propulsion Technology
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft, BS
Deposited By: May, Stefan
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 13:09
Last Modified:03 Dec 2020 13:09

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