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Study on future European winged reusable launchers

Callsen, Steffen and Stappert, Sven and Sippel, Martin (2022) Study on future European winged reusable launchers. In: 9th European Conference For Aeronautics And Space Science, EUCASS 2022. 9th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS), 27. Juni - 01. Juli 2022, Lille, Frankreich.

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The realization of reusability for launch vehicles is expected to lower launch costs, subsequently enabling a thriving space industry. Therefore, several high-performance semi-reusable launch vehicle concepts are designed and investigated based on the premise of potential implementation into the Ariane program by using stage and engine parts from future Ariane 6 hardware. These vehicles are imagined as a combination of a winged reusable booster and one to two expendable upper stages for injection into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). First stage reusability is achieved by the "In Air Capturing" method proposed by DLR which is currently studied in the H2020 project FALCon. A payload mass of approximately 14 tons into GTO is pursued, consequently surpassing the anticipated payload mass of the Ariane 64. This paper presents the current technical status of the different investigated RLV configurations including geometrical shape, layout, propellant system, propulsion, aerodynamics and structural layout. Additionally, the designs shall be critically analysed regarding their suitability and applicability for a potential implementation into the European launcher roadmap.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187063/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Study on future European winged reusable launchers
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Callsen, SteffenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5481-5403UNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779UNSPECIFIED
Sippel, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575UNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2022
Journal or Publication Title:9th European Conference For Aeronautics And Space Science, EUCASS 2022
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Reusability, RLV, VTHL, SLME, Prometheus, In Air Capturing, LOX/LH2, LOX/LCH4
Event Title:9th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS)
Event Location:Lille, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:27. Juni - 01. Juli 2022
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: Callsen, Steffen
Deposited On:27 Jun 2022 11:58
Last Modified:27 Jun 2022 11:58

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