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Rate Control System for Sounding Rockets

Ettl, Josef and Pfänder, Johann (2009) Rate Control System for Sounding Rockets. In: SP-671. 19th Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, 7.-11. Juni 2009, Bad Reichenhall, Deutschland.


Official URL: http://www.spaceflight.esa.int/pac-symposium2009/proceedings/papers/s3_25ettl.pdf


DLR/Moraba has a long history in the development of Rate Control Systems (RCS) which have been flown for several programs for research in weightlessness in Europe and Brazil. They had been used in various European μG programs such as MAXUS, MASER and TEXUS. Moraba has now developed a RCS for 14 inch payloads. This RCS uses a standard interface and can be easily joined to a REXUS service module. This combination (RCS and REXUS service system) came into operation for the MAPHEUS maiden flight. MAPHEUS (Materialphysikalisches Experiment unter Schwerelosigkeit) is an internal project of the DLR. The payload for this project, including the service systems and 4 experiments, flew on a Nike/improved Orion two stage motor which took the payload to an altitude of about 140.8 km, providing a period of weightlessness of more than 187 seconds. To achieve conditions of weightlessness above the atmosphere a RCS system is indispensable. The aim of the RCS is to reduce the angular rates of the payload significantly above the atmosphere in order to minimize the centrifugal accelerations to a level lower than 10 μg. This article describes the principle of a rate control system. It provides an insight into the interaction between the control loop, payload and actuators.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/82067/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Rate Control System for Sounding Rockets
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:September 2009
Journal or Publication Title:SP-671
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Sounding Rocket, Rate Control, RCS, MAXUS, MASER, TEXUS, MAPHEUS
Event Title:19th Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research
Event Location:Bad Reichenhall, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:7.-11. Juni 2009
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt MAPHEUS (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mobile Rocket Base
Deposited By: Stamminger, Dr. Andreas
Deposited On:26 Apr 2013 11:08
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:40

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