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DYNAMIC MODELLING AND CONTROL OF AN AERODYNAMICALLY CONTROLLED CAPTURING DEVICE FOR ‘IN-AIR-CAPTURING’ OF A REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE

Singh, Sunayna and Stappert, Sven and Buckingham, Sophia and Lopes, Silvania and Kucukosman, Yakut Cansev and Simioana, Madalin and Pripasu, Mihai and Wiegand, Andreas and Sippel, Martin and Planquart, Philippe (2021) DYNAMIC MODELLING AND CONTROL OF AN AERODYNAMICALLY CONTROLLED CAPTURING DEVICE FOR ‘IN-AIR-CAPTURING’ OF A REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE. In: 11th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems. 11th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems, 22-25 June 2021, Online.

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Abstract

The renewed interest in reusable launch vehicles has fueled the development of many advanced space transportation concepts. An interesting method for recovering rocket stages called ’In-AirCapturing’, has been patented by DLR. The winged stages are captured mid-flight and towed back to the landing site by an aircraft, eliminating the need for an additional propulsion system. A critical procedure in the capturing process involves an aerodynamically controlled capturing device attached by a rope to the towing aircraft, performing an autonomous rendezvous maneuver with the launch vehicle. In this paper, the complex dynamics associated with this phase are modelled and examined. This includes the aerodynamics of the capturing device, external disturbances like the turbulent wake of the aircraft and the flexible dynamics associated with the rope. These effects are combined into a multidisciplinary framework and a preliminary control system is proposed. The final open-loop simulation results provide valuable information about the stability and controllability of the system, which will be used for advanced control design in future work.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143851/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Title:DYNAMIC MODELLING AND CONTROL OF AN AERODYNAMICALLY CONTROLLED CAPTURING DEVICE FOR ‘IN-AIR-CAPTURING’ OF A REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Singh, SunaynaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9185-0267UNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Buckingham, Sophiavon Karman Institute for Fluid DynamicsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lopes, Silvaniavon Karman Institute for Fluid DynamicsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kucukosman, Yakut Cansevvon Karman Institute for Fluid DynamicsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Simioana, MadalinAstos Solutions RomaniaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pripasu, MihaiAstos Solutions RomaniaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wiegand, AndreasAstos Solutions GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sippel, MartinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Planquart, Philippevon Karman Institute for Fluid DynamicsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2021
Journal or Publication Title:11th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems
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, multibody dynamics, reusable launch systems
Event Title:11th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems
Event Location:Online
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:22-25 June 2021
Organizer:ESA
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 - Systems Analysis Space Transport (SART)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Space Launcher Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Singh, Sunayna
Deposited On:09 Sep 2021 11:25
Last Modified:07 Oct 2021 11:17

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