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A SIMULATION ENVIRONMENT FOR ASSESSING THE PERFORMANCE AND MISSION CAPABILITIES OF SOLAR POWERED HIGH ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT

Bierig, Andreas and Ackermann, Daniel and Hassenstein, Johannes (2023) A SIMULATION ENVIRONMENT FOR ASSESSING THE PERFORMANCE AND MISSION CAPABILITIES OF SOLAR POWERED HIGH ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT. DLRK 2023, 2023-09-19 - 2023-09-21, Stuttgart, Deutschland.

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Abstract

Aircraft capable of persistent flight in the stratosphere, also called High Altitude Platforms (HAP), are a promising alternative to low Earth orbit satellites, as they can provide both connectivity and Earth observation capabilities at a specific location. Unlike low Earth orbit satellites, these aircraft can operate continuously over the same location and do not produce pollutants during launch. Currently, there are several designs under development, including an experimental aircraft being developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to test promising aircraft technology and payload systems under real flight conditions. During the development of this aircraft, an extensive mission simulation environment was utilized to assess the design’s performance and mission capability. This paper provides an overview of the architecture of this simulation environment, with a special focus on modeling the aircraft’s systems and associated energy flow in addition to estimating the aerodynamic parameters. Furthermore, this publication will introduce the kinematics model used to generate the aircraft’s flight path. Lastly, meaningful simulation results based on a perspective mission for future versions of the aircraft under development are provided.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/197926/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A SIMULATION ENVIRONMENT FOR ASSESSING THE PERFORMANCE AND MISSION CAPABILITIES OF SOLAR POWERED HIGH ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Bierig, AndreasFT-SSYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ackermann, DanielUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hassenstein, JohannesUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:30 September 2023
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Solar Aircraft; Aircraft Mission Simulation; High Altitude Platform
Event Title:DLRK 2023
Event Location:Stuttgart, Deutschland
Event Type:national Conference
Event Start Date:19 September 2023
Event End Date:21 September 2023
Organizer:DGLR e.V.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Synergy project High Altitude Platform alpha [EO]
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems
Institute of Flight Systems > Safety Critical Systems&Systems Engineering
Deposited By: Bierig, Andreas
Deposited On:06 Nov 2023 19:06
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:58

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