Scramjets for reusable launch of small satellites

Preller, Dawid and Smart, Michael K. (2015). Scramjets for reusable launch of small satellites. In: 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 2015. 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 2015, Glasgow, Scotland, (). 6-9 July 2015. doi:10.2514/6.2015-3586


Author Preller, Dawid
Smart, Michael K.
Title of paper Scramjets for reusable launch of small satellites
Conference name 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 2015
Conference location Glasgow, Scotland
Conference dates 6-9 July 2015
Proceedings title 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 2015
Place of Publication Reston, VA, United States
Publisher American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.2514/6.2015-3586
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9781624103209
Total pages 23
Abstract/Summary The global economic environment, combined with the rapid pace of technology advancement is placing importance on reducing the cost and increasing the responsiveness of access to space systems. Based on decades of practical experience with rocket-only launch vehicles, current technology is operated close to theoretical limits. Scramjets have an advantage over rocket propulsion in terms of a significantly higher specific impulse. Another benefit of airbreathing propulsion for access-to-space is increased launch flexibility, with the possibility of fully reusable aircraft-like operations. The SPARTAN project investigates the use of a three-stage rocket-scramjet-rocket system for transporting payloads of up to 500 kg to a Sun Synchronous Orbit. The reusable second stage is based on a winged-cone vehicle and is powered by liquid hydrogen fuelled scramjets. Preliminary analysis of the complete three-stage system indicates a better overall performance, in terms of the payload mass fraction to orbit, than current rocket-only systems of this scale.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes AIAA 2015-3586

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
 
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