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Investigations of the SpaceLiner Passenger Capsule and Various Abort Scenarios

Bauer, Carola and Garbers, Nicole and Johannsson, Magni and Lentsch, Aron (2012) Investigations of the SpaceLiner Passenger Capsule and Various Abort Scenarios. Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress 2012, 10.-12. Sept. 2012, Berlin, Deutschland.

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Abstract

The SpaceLiner configuration, investigated within the framework of the FAST20XX project, has the aim of transporting 50 untrained passengers from Australia to Western Europe in 90 min through the use of rocket engines. In the case of an emergency, it must be assured that the passengers can be returned safely to the ground. To accomplish this, the SpaceLiner7 orbiter has been designed to contain a capsule which can be separated from the rest of the vehicle and is able to fly autonomously back to Earth. The aerodynamic performance and consequently, the abort trajectories are primarily influenced by the mass of the capsule, with the most important subsystems being the separation motors, the thermal protection system (TPS), and the structure. As a result, these three subsystems have been carefully investigated for both performance and mass. Furthermore, it can be shown that the SpaceLiner7 capsule is able to fly safely back to Earth during any perceived abort scenario. The separation motors are design to separate the capsule from the orbiter, without exceeding recommended maximum acceleration. Additionally, a structural assessment of the passenger capsule of the SpaceLiner7 is being undertaken with the objective to obtain a conceptual structural design of the passenger capsule, in particular with respect to the window design, which is considered another critical vehicle subsystem.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/80943/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Investigations of the SpaceLiner Passenger Capsule and Various Abort Scenarios
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Bauer, Carolacarola.bauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Garbers, Nicolenicole.garbers (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Johannsson, Magnimagni.johannsson (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lentsch, AronOrbspaceUNSPECIFIED
Date:2012
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:SpaceLiner, Passenger Capsule, Abort Scenarios
Event Title:Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress 2012
Event Location:Berlin, Deutschland
Event Type:national Conference
Event Dates:10.-12. Sept. 2012
Organizer:DGLR
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transport
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Systemanalyse Raumtransport
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Space Launcher Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Bauer, Carola
Deposited On:30 Jan 2013 10:05
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:23

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