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Overview of a planned flight test operation for a scaled in-air capturing demonstration

Krause, Stefan and Cain, Sebastian and Funke, Alexander and Ferrándiz, Mario and González, Joaquín (2022) Overview of a planned flight test operation for a scaled in-air capturing demonstration. European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS 2022), 2022-06-27 - 2022-07-01, Lille, France.

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Current aerospace research seeks to realize reusable launch vehicle (RLV) missions. One conceptual idea is to capture a returning booster stage in air with another aircraft as proposed by DLR in previous work. Within the H2020 project - Formation flight for in-Air Launcher 1st stage Capturing demonstration (FALCon), we investigate the in-air-capturing (IAC) approach with a demonstration setup of scaled unmanned aerial vehicles to research different aspects of this approach in scaled flight tests. This paper provides an overview of the unmanned IAC demonstrators and the planned experiment setup of the FALCon project, which will be validated in future flight test demonstrations. We describe the details of three flight demonstrators for the reusable launch vehicle, capturing or towing aircraft, and an intelligent coupling device which we developed from scratch for this project. We focus on the safety aspects enabling the implementation of a safe and successful demonstration in a non-segregated European airspace and present our researched aspects of the IAC maneuver. The planned formation requires a relative pose estimation between the involved demonstrators, while the demonstrators perform a rapid unpowered descent. We use an environmental perception setup, based on camera and LiDAR data processing, to solve this challenging task.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/188889/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Overview of a planned flight test operation for a scaled in-air capturing demonstration
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Krause, StefanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6969-0036UNSPECIFIED
Funke, AlexanderUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8725-7615140220222
Date:July 2022
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:RLV, UAV, UAS, Environment Perception
Event Title:European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS 2022)
Event Location:Lille, France
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:27 June 2022
Event End Date:1 July 2022
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Components and Systems
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L CS - Components and Systems
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Unmanned Aerial Systems
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems
Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Deposited By: Krause, Dr. Stefan
Deposited On:29 Nov 2022 15:20
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:50

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