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RLV-Return Mode “In-Air-Capturing” and Definition of its Development Roadmap

Sippel, Martin and Singh, Sunayna and Stappert, Sven (2022) RLV-Return Mode “In-Air-Capturing” and Definition of its Development Roadmap. 9TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE FOR AERONAUTICS AND SPACE SCIENCES (EUCASS) 2022, 27. Juni - 01. Juli 2022, Lille, Frankreich.

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Abstract

An innovative approach for the return of reusable space transportation vehicles has been proposed: The winged stages are to be caught in the air and towed by subsonic airplanes back to their launch site without any necessity of an own propulsion system. This patented procedure is called in-air-capturing. The project FALCon (Formation flight for in-Air Launcher 1st stage Capturing demonstration) funded by EC in Horizon 2020 is progressing this advanced technology. A dedicated session at the EUCASS 2022 is organized with a total of 6 technical presentations. This paper serves as an introduction into the topic, summarizes system aspects of the launcher performance improvement and explains the structure of the FALCon-project. Main part of the paper is the definition of the next steps for the technical development roadmap. This activity has been organized in cooperation with the European stakeholders from industry, agencies and research organizations. The outcome and results of two dedicated workshops and additional splinter meetings are summarized. The iterated technology development roadmaps considering the recommendations from the splinter meetings are presented.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187081/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:RLV-Return Mode “In-Air-Capturing” and Definition of its Development Roadmap
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Sippel, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575UNSPECIFIED
Singh, SunaynaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9185-0267UNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779UNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2022
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:RLV, in-air-capturing, propulsion, winged stages
Event Title:9TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE FOR AERONAUTICS AND SPACE SCIENCES (EUCASS) 2022
Event Location:Lille, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:27. Juni - 01. Juli 2022
Organizer:EUCASS-3AF Conference
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: Vormschlag, Nele Marei
Deposited On:27 Jun 2022 12:28
Last Modified:27 Jun 2022 12:28

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