Robust multi-disciplinary design and optimisation of a reusable launch vehicle

Romain Wuilbercq, Fabrizio Pescetelli, Alessandro Mogavero, Edmondo Minisci, Richard Brown

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Abstract

For various technical reasons, no fully reusable launch vehicle has ever been successfully constructed or operated. Nonetheless, a range of reusable hypersonic vehicles is currently being considered as a viable alternative to the expensive but more conventional expendable rocket systems that are currently being used to gain access to space. This paper presents a methodology that has been developed for the rapid and efficient preliminary design of such vehicles. The methodology that is presented uses multi-disciplinary design optimization
coupled with an integrated set of reduced-order models to estimate the characteristics of the vehicle's aero-thermodynamic, propulsion, thermal protection and internal system architecture, as well as to estimate its overall mass. In the present work, the methodology has been applied to the multi-disciplinary modelling and optimization of a reusable hybrid rocket- and ramjet-powered launch vehicle during both the ascent and re-entry phases of its mission.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2014
Event19TH AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference - Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 201420 Jun 2014

Conference

Conference19TH AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, Georgia
Period16/06/1420/06/14

Keywords

  • robust design optimisation
  • reusable launch vehicle
  • aerothermodynamic design
  • modelling and simulation

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