Conceptual study on concise flight test for development of space plane powered by air breathing engine

Shujiro Sawai, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Kazuhisa Fujita, Tetsuya Satou, Nobuhiro Tanatsugu

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Abstract

It is widely recognized that the air breathing engine is one of the key technologies to be acquired to realize future space transportation, especially if it is expected to be cost effective and reliable. Still, as a nature of the air breathing engine, the flight test data are needed for its development. In this paper, the authors propose the flight test plan which utilizes the balloon to test the pre-cooled turbo jet engine. By utilizing the balloon, it is possible to create the preferable test conditions regardless of the engine performance, which is under development and to be tested. As the 1st attempt of a series of flight tests of this type, the simple drop test is planned. At that test, the vehicle will be dropped from the balloon at the altitude of 40km and will be accelerated up to Mach 2. The flight is scheduled in the winter of FY2007, as a part of micro gravity test campaign. Besides the 1st flight campaign, further tests are also discussed. At the latter tests, the vehicle will be equipped with the solid motor, and will achieve Mach 4 and more.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 55th International Astronautical Congress 2004
Pages8657-8662
Number of pages6
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Astronautical Federation - 55th International Astronautical Congress 2004 - Vancouver
Duration: 2004 Oct 42004 Oct 8

Other

OtherInternational Astronautical Federation - 55th International Astronautical Congress 2004
CityVancouver
Period04/10/404/10/8

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Sawai, S., Kobayashi, H., Fujita, K., Satou, T., & Tanatsugu, N. (2004). Conceptual study on concise flight test for development of space plane powered by air breathing engine. In International Astronautical Federation - 55th International Astronautical Congress 2004 (Vol. 13, pp. 8657-8662)