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Launch Vehicle Design applying Concurrent Engineering

Braukhane, Andy and Dumont, Etienne and Koch, Aaron (2013) Launch Vehicle Design applying Concurrent Engineering. In: AIAA Space Conference and Exhibition. AIAA Space 2013 Exhibition & Conference, 10.-12- Sep. 2013, San Diego, USA.

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Developing space launch vehicles (SLVs) is a complex and multidisciplinary task and hence their early design process is an obvious candidate to be performed applying the collaborative and highly iterative approach of Concurrent Engineering (CE). This methodology generally aims at reducing time, cost and inconsistencies already during the first project phases. It has been proven that working together with all relevant technical and programmatic disciplines simultaneously is an efficient means of converging effectively on a space system design. This includes the presence of the customer as well as the use of a common data model, a dedicated infrastructure and a guided process. During several studies at the DLR Concurrent Engineering Facility (CEF) it has been identified that in contrast to Phase-A satellite design activities, the classical, internal CE approach could not be directly applied for upper stage and more generally launch vehicle development. This mainly refers to the set of technical domains (e.g. power, structure), the use of data-/design models, the process-related communication flow as well as session scheduling. Of course, there are general differences such as margin philosophies and staging between SLV and space segment design. However, the CE process, which benefits from rapid feasibility-, cost- and performance analyses during the advanced development phases, requires additional and important modifications in order to provide the expected results to the customer in time. During the study preparation phase for instance, sensitivity analyses and iterations of the structural index (SI) are crucial for a successful CE activity. This is because characteristics such as the SI are very important for technical matters (e.g. staging) and also influence the administrative preparation which has to ensure a well-balanced allocation of resources during the CE study phase. The examples described in the present work are mainly related to upper stage design studies in which the lower stages have been considered with a given structure and performance. This has been the most recurring case in the DLR CEF, as for the ‘Kickstage‘-study and the VEGA new upper stage studies called ‘VENUS-II’. This paper shall increase awareness by highlighting major differences and special characteristics with respect to launch vehicle- compared to other space system CE studies. Based on our experiences, it provides lessons learnt and recommendations of how to adapt certain CE elements for responding to various launcher and upper stage study objectives. Additionally, it identifies gaps which currently exist in the range of required tools, such as dedicated integrated design models for launch vehicles including their parameter hierarchy.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/84420/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Launch Vehicle Design applying Concurrent Engineering
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Braukhane, Andyandy.braukhane (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dumont, EtienneEtienne.Dumont (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4618-0572
Koch, Aaronaaron.koch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:10 September 2013
Journal or Publication Title:AIAA Space Conference and Exhibition
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Keywords:Concurrent Engineering, Space Launch Vehicle, Lessons Learnt, CEF, System Analysis
Event Title:AIAA Space 2013 Exhibition & Conference
Event Location:San Diego, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10.-12- Sep. 2013
Organizer:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Braukhane, Andy
Deposited On:07 Nov 2013 10:17
Last Modified:09 Feb 2017 19:19

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