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Multidisciplinary Design and Architecture Optimization of a Reusable Lunar Lander

Beauregard, Laurent and Urbano, Annafederica and Lizy-Destrez, Stéphanie and Morlier, Joseph Multidisciplinary Design and Architecture Optimization of a Reusable Lunar Lander. (2021) Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 1-14. ISSN 0022-4650

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A34833


With renewed interest in lunar exploration and the upcoming deployment of the lunar space station, the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), a scientific community, is focusing on the design of a lander to bring people back to the lunar surface. This work focuses on optimizing two aspects of the lunar lander concurrently: the mission architecture and the vehicle design, often treated independently in the literature. A methodology is introduced to enumerate and preliminarily rank all possible mission architectures. The best mission architectures are then coupled with a multidisciplinary design optimization process by modeling the various components of the spacecraft and optimizing over a set of design parameters. The need for fast computational models, particularly in trajectory optimization, resulted in an analytical approximation of gravitational losses. This work resulted in a hierarchy of mission architectures that are ranked according to the average mass necessary to perform the mission. This work is intended to help a system engineer designing a lunar lander in choosing the best number of vehicles, the number of reuses, and the mission profile for his/her mission requirements.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03208741
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
funding of Airbus DS, ArianeGroup, and the SACLab
Deposited On:26 Apr 2021 16:18

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