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A viable and sustainable European path into space – for cargo and astronauts

Sippel, Martin and Stappert, Sven and Callsen, Steffen and Dietlein, Ingrid and Bergmann, Kevin and Gülhan, Ali and Marquardt, Pascal and Lassmann, Jens and Hagemann, Gerald and Froebel, Ludger and Wolf, Marco and Plebuch, Alex (2021) A viable and sustainable European path into space – for cargo and astronauts. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 25.-29.10.2021, Dubai. ISSN 0074-1795.

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A think tank of DLR space-research institutes and ArianeGroup reflected on the launcher perspectives, broadening the mission capabilities for European access to space including human mission towards LEO, supporting potential future commercial markets. The Ariane 6 launcher is to be evolved with perspective of enhanced versatility and reduced costs. Also, a new generation of modern, high-performance launchers is to be prepared that is capable of serving all major missions relevant to Europe. The paper summarizes major results of preliminary technical design studies performed in Germany, both for a future Ariane 6 evolution including astronaut transport to and from LEO and for the next generation of partially reusable concepts. Return of the RLV is pondering options of powered descent and vertical landing and smart winged return technologies with horizontal landing close to the launch site. The main propulsion system is considering LOX-LH2 in different cycle architectures as well as LOX-LCH4 of the ongoing PROMETHEUS development program. For the studied concepts, the overall shape and aerodynamic configuration, the propulsion system, the architecture and lay-out of the stages are described and different technical solutions of RLV concepts are compared.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/146954/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A viable and sustainable European path into space – for cargo and astronauts
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Sippel, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575UNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779UNSPECIFIED
Callsen, SteffenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5481-5403UNSPECIFIED
Bergmann, KevinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1387-6223UNSPECIFIED
Gülhan, AliUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4905-5881UNSPECIFIED
Lassmann, JensArianeGroup GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hagemann, GeraldArianeGroup GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Froebel, LudgerArianeGroup GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Plebuch, AlexArianeGroup GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 October 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Ariane 6, Apollo capsule, RLV, LOX-LH2-propulsion, LOX-LCH4-propulsion, VTHL, VTVL, in-air-capturing
Event Title:72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Dubai
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-29.10.2021
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: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Space Launcher Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Vormschlag, Nele Marei
Deposited On:09 Dec 2021 11:55
Last Modified:07 Mar 2022 10:59

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