Performance analysis of RBCC-based TSTO space transportation systems via multi-objective design optimisation

Philipp Klink, George N.A. Coulloupas, Hideaki Ogawa

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Abstract

Efficient and flexible space transportation systems are fundamental to the future success of routine scientific, commercial and strategic space missions. RBCC (rocket-based combined cycle) systems comprising rockets and airbreathing engines such as ramjet and scramjets are a reusable launch propulsion concept, offering considerable advantages for space transport over traditional propulsion in various aspects, including efficiency and flexibility. Multiobjective design optimisation studies have been performed for a conceptual RBCC-based TSTO (two-stage-to-orbit) system by means of evolutionary algorithms and trajectory optimisation with respect to important design criteria. The results highlight complex and nonlinear aerodynamic and propulsion characteristics, associated with numerous design characteristics, whilst evaluating the feasibility of the transportation system and providing physical insight into key design parameters with predominant influences identified by sensitivity analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017
Subtitle of host publicationUnlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages9142-9155
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781510855373
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: Sep 25 2017Sep 29 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume14
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Other

Other68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period9/25/179/29/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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