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Preliminary Design of a New Hybrid and Technology Innovative Suborbital Vehicle for Space Tourism

Frank, Christopher and Durand, Jean-Guillaume and Evain, Hélène and Tyl, Clémence and Mechentel, Flora and Brunel, Antoine and Lizy-Destrez, Stéphanie Preliminary Design of a New Hybrid and Technology Innovative Suborbital Vehicle for Space Tourism. (2014) In: 19th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 16 June 2014 - 20 June 2014 (Atlanta, United States).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2014-2530


The general enthusiasm aroused by space tourism combined with the great technological achievement of Scaled Composites with the SpaceShipOne in 2004 initiated a new era: suborbital space tourism. As of today, most of the vehicles have been designed for performance, combining the most advanced technologies from both aeronautics and astronautics. Nevertheless, in order to become viable, vehicles must be safe enough to carry paying passengers and they must match the increasing demand. Thus, the implementation of a new design process based on adapted requirements led to a new vehicle. The latter is mainly powered by newly designed hybrid rocket engines but it also makes use of turbofans for the first segment of the climb and a safe powered landing. It takes-off and lands horizontally and is able to carry up to eight passengers and two pilots to an altitude of 109 km. The micro-gravity experienced by the passengers lasts approximately 4 minutes while the maximum load factor is reduced to 3.3 g in order to improve the passenger experience.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
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Deposited On:19 Jun 2014 09:06

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