Optimization methodology for the climb trajectory of a ssto lifting-body reusable launcher

S. D ’Angelo, E. Minisci, D. Di Bona, L. Guerra

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Abstract

A simulation and optimization methodology, created by the authors to optimize the trajectories of an airbreathings paceplanea nd already tested and validated, has been improved and applied to a new concepto f Single-Stage-to-Orbit(SSTO)l ifting-body spaceplanein order to search for optimal climb trajectoriesfo r a typical missionp rofile. After a brief discussion on preliminary assumptionsc oncerningt he available dam set, we first present the analysis procedure and the calculation method which allowed us to simulate the climb trajectoryo f a SST0 spaceplanme odel,a blet o connect the Earth-launch pad to the International Space Station (ISS). The optimization technique, belonging to the class of direct optimization methods and dealing with a wide number of independent parametersi,s then describedi n detail and specific results ensuring a better payload / lift-off weight ratio are widely shown. Shapea nds ize of the vehiclea s well as integrated propulsion system and weight distribution are derived from a complete data set originating Tom an aerospace company, while the aerodynamic performancehsa veb eend irectly generatedvi a a CFD Navier-Stokes code. Finally a sensitivity analysis by varying the launch-padlo cationa ndt he final orbit inclinationa nd altitude has been performed and the influence of each guidancea ndc ontrol parametero n the optimal climb trajectory has been emphasized.

LanguageEnglish
Pages400-409
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 1999
Event24th Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference - Portland, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 199911 Aug 1999

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Conference24th Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period9/08/9911/08/99

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Keywords

  • aerospace vehicles
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • Navier Stokes equations

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D ’Angelo, S., Minisci, E., Di Bona, D., & Guerra, L. (1999). Optimization methodology for the climb trajectory of a ssto lifting-body reusable launcher. 400-409. Paper presented at 24th Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Portland, United States.
D ’Angelo, S. ; Minisci, E. ; Di Bona, D. ; Guerra, L. / Optimization methodology for the climb trajectory of a ssto lifting-body reusable launcher. Paper presented at 24th Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Portland, United States.10 p.
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D ’Angelo, S, Minisci, E, Di Bona, D & Guerra, L 1999, 'Optimization methodology for the climb trajectory of a ssto lifting-body reusable launcher' Paper presented at 24th Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Portland, United States, 9/08/99 - 11/08/99, pp. 400-409.

Optimization methodology for the climb trajectory of a ssto lifting-body reusable launcher. / D ’Angelo, S.; Minisci, E.; Di Bona, D.; Guerra, L.

1999. 400-409 Paper presented at 24th Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Portland, United States.

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