Colloquium: Stijn Hoefsloot (Space Flight)

30 juni 2022 14:00 - Locatie: LECTURE ROOM F, FACULTY OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, KLUYVERWEG 1, DELFT | Zet in mijn agenda

A feasibility study on the recovery of Electron's first stage using a vertical landing approach

The small satellite market is rapidly growing and becomes more competitive by the day. In order to reduce launch costs, the concept of reusable launch vehicles wins popularity. Only few companies have managed to successfully recover and re-use their launch vehicle, of which SpaceX is the only one using a powered descent technique. This study focuses applying that same technique on a small satellite launcher: Rocket Labs Electron. A 3-DOF trajectory optimization is performed to find the fuel optimal ascent and descent trajectories of the Electron making as few changes to the original launch vehicle design as possible.

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