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Full-scale simulations of 'In-Air Capturing' return mode for winged reusable launch vehicles

Singh, Sunayna and Sippel, Martin and Stappert, Sven (2023) Full-scale simulations of 'In-Air Capturing' return mode for winged reusable launch vehicles. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2526 (012114). Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing. doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/2526/1/012114. ISSN 1742-6588.

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Official URL: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/2526/1/012114


The recent success of reusable launchers has become a driving force for sustainable launch technologies. An innovative approach proposed by DLR, involves winged rocket stages captured mid air and towed back to the launch site by an aircraft. This recovery concept known as 'In-Air Capturing (IAC)', shows potential for substantial cost reduction, when compared to existing return modes. In the light of the Horizon 2020 project FALCon, full-scale simulations and sub-scale flight testing were carried out for further development of the technology. The paper summarizes the full-scale studies performed within FALCon. The full-scale test cases are introduced and the simulation framework for analysis of trajectories is presented. Then, the IAC maneuver is analyzed through trajectory simulations. Major external disturbances coming from the wake of the aircraft and flexibility of the rope connecting the rocket stage to the aircraft (after capture) are also addressed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/195749/
Document Type:Article
Title:Full-scale simulations of 'In-Air Capturing' return mode for winged reusable launch vehicles
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Singh, SunaynaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9185-0267UNSPECIFIED
Sippel, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7356-7575UNSPECIFIED
Stappert, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8425-2779UNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing
Series Name:Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Keywords:In-Air Capturing, Reusable Launch Technology, Reusable Launch Vehicles, FALCon, Trajectory Simulations
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: Singh, Sunayna
Deposited On:04 Jul 2023 12:01
Last Modified:26 Mar 2024 13:34

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