Community > Forum > Asian Space Activities > India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle

India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle

Posted by: sanman - Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:15 am
Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 9 posts ] 
India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle 
Author Message
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:59 pm
Posts: 188
Post India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:15 am
http://beta.thehindu.com/sci-tech/artic ... epage=true


Image


Back to top
Profile
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:59 pm
Posts: 188
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:27 am
http://hobbyspace.com/nucleus/?itemid=19610

Image


Back to top
Profile
Space Station Member
Space Station Member
User avatar
Joined: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:51 am
Posts: 443
Location: Vienna, Austria, Europe, Earth
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:51 am
You see, now THAT is the kind of inspiring space news I want to get from all over the world! (instead of plans about repeating Apollo ;))

_________________
pride comes before a fall


Back to top
Profile
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:59 pm
Posts: 188
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:57 pm
Well, I too feel that hypersonic tech is a good way to go into space.

India is working on this RLV-TD (Reusable Launch Vehicle Test Demonstrator) as part of its plan to develop a Two-Stage-to-Orbit launch system.

So even though the aerobody of the test system is going to look vaguely Shuttle-like, it's going to use scram propulsion to help it escape the atmosphere, rather than only hypersonic re-entry.

I've always wondered if it's feasible to have a lower rocket-stage boost quickly out of the atmosphere, accelerate to a high velocity, perform stage separation and then have the remaining hypersonic stage drop back down into the upper atmosphere to use scram propulsion to do most of the remaining required acceleration. Then from there it can use some further rocket thrust to achieve orbit. So it would almost be like skipping off the atmosphere to get to orbit, after initially clearing it.


Last edited by sanman on Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:03 am, edited 1 time in total.



Back to top
Profile
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:59 pm
Posts: 188
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:31 am
So here is a picture of the Avatar TSTO launch system concept:

Image

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_%28rocket%29

So the developmental path involves testing a hypersonic upper stage boosted to hypersonic speed by a rocket. That's to test the basic principles and gain the necessary data for further development.

But the ultimate goal is to develop a TSTO where the lower stage uses hypersonic propulsion, and the upper/forward stage is rocket-powered for final ascent to orbit. I presume that stage separation would occur just beyond the upper atmosphere, with a mating section (shown in red) being discarded, allowing a more streamlined nose for the hypersonic stage to now glide back to earth.

I'm not sure who else has proposed this type of design, but it doesn't seem like the usual X-plane concept that some people dismiss.

But so why can't SpaceshipThree or SpaceshipFour be like this? If Rutan can do rockets, why can't he try doing a scramjet and then eventually combine the two?

Fantasy: imagine if the XB-70 Valkyrie had morphed into something like this! We'd all be living on the Moon by now!


Back to top
Profile
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:59 pm
Posts: 188
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:32 pm
Note that the first pic posted in this thread looks a lot like the rear stage of the TSTO pic.

Meanwhile, an announcement has been made to confirm that the first test of a Reusable Launch Vehicle Test Demonstrator (RLV-TD) prototype will be next year, for the Hypersonic Flight Experiment (HEX):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/s ... 235191.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypersonic ... Experiment

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Back to top
Profile
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:59 pm
Posts: 188
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:30 pm
http://www.asianage.com/index.php?optio ... &Itemid=59

No, it's not April Fools, it's just the RLV-TD (Test Demonstrator) prototype.


Back to top
Profile
Moderator
Moderator
avatar
Joined: Mon Feb 09, 2004 4:01 am
Posts: 747
Location: New Zealand
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:25 pm
Quote:
On its first flight, the rocket-powered craft, shaped like an aircraft, will climb 60 km into the earth’s atmosphere and glide back to earth. Over subsequent flights, the journey into outer space will be of longer duration and distances in order to test its reliability and capability to carry satellites into orbit.


Suborbital Much?

_________________
What goes up better doggone well stay up! - Morgan Gravitronics, Company Slogan.


Back to top
Profile ICQ YIM
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:59 pm
Posts: 188
Post Re: India to Develop Reusable Launch Vehicle   Posted on: Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:38 pm
Yeah, ISRO just wants to validate the aerobody design for hypersonic regime, on that first test flight. This is just a test vehicle, and that would be the HEX experiment.

My understanding is that the next test flight would then drop a test vehicle from the underbelly of a transport aircraft, to test landing gear and autonomous landing capability. That would be the LEX experiment.

Then the next flight would be a horizontal takeoff and a horizontal landing. That would be the REX experiment.

Then finally comes the SPEX experiment, which is horizontal takeoff, hypersonic scramjet flight, and horizontal landing.

So it's HEX-LEX-REX-SPEX

Then they move on to build the AVATAR.
Whatever reduces the cost to orbit.


Back to top
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
 

Who is online 

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests


cron
© 2014 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use