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Design of a sounding rocket upper stage based on the hybrid rocket engine VISERION

Dabanovic, Andrija and Martin, Joel and May, Stefan and Eggers, Thino (2022) Design of a sounding rocket upper stage based on the hybrid rocket engine VISERION. CEAS Space Journal. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s12567-022-00451-2. ISSN 1868-2502.

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In the context of the AHRES (Advanced Hybrid Rocket Engine Simulation) program of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), an upper stage for the Brazilian sounding rocket VSB-30 is designed. This third stage is based on the hybrid rocket engine VISERION. The pre-design is mainly focused on the fluid and pressurization system using common European design standards. Real gas simulations were conducted to quantify the required pressurant mass and to analyse operating parameters. Subsequently, all additional subsystems are described and analysed. Initial requirements such as the maximum outer diameter and limits of the overall mass were given due to the launch system. Further requirements for each module and the main components are identified and examined. Available modules for the service or recovery system and commercially off-the-shelf components were considered to reduce the overall complexity and costs. Preliminary flight stability and aerodynamic loads were evaluated using numerical fluid simulations on different characteristic ascent points. The dimensioned system demonstrates the ability of hybrid rocket engines to be used as propulsion modules for upper stages. This enables the combination of several advantages of common propulsion systems as the main intention in hybrid rocket development.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187877/
Document Type:Article
Title:Design of a sounding rocket upper stage based on the hybrid rocket engine VISERION
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Dabanovic, AndrijaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4639-9304UNSPECIFIED
Date:21 June 2022
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Space Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Keywords:Sounding rocket, Hybrid propulsion, Subsystem analysis, Fluid system design, Computational fluid dynamics
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: Dabanovic, Andrija
Deposited On:16 Dec 2022 09:05
Last Modified:16 Dec 2022 09:05

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