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.

Conference

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

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Keywords

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

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Wuilbercq, R., Pescetelli, F., Mogavero, A., Minisci, E., & Brown, R. (2014). Robust multi-disciplinary design and optimisation of a reusable launch vehicle. Paper presented at 19TH AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Wuilbercq, Romain ; Pescetelli, Fabrizio ; Mogavero, Alessandro ; Minisci, Edmondo ; Brown, Richard. / Robust multi-disciplinary design and optimisation of a reusable launch vehicle. Paper presented at 19TH AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.28 p.
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