ATI's Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design course
—Analysis and Optimization
This three-day course provides an examination of the
most important topics of modern launch vehicle design,
analysis and optimization. It offers a focus on critical
topics that lead to optimization of a launch vehicle
design through such issues as staging optimization. The
seminar provides a wealth of new material about the
essential issues that have caused so many costly projects
to fail. You will learn a wide spectrum of new solutions
to problems in modern launch vehicle design.
Revolutionary new techniques and concepts will be
taught, with all material subject to strict application of
Daniel J. Moser, Founder, President and Chief Technical Officer of an engineering consultant firm has a B.S. in Physics, and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah. Mr. Moser has been an engineer, innovator, and entrepreneur in the aerospace industry for over 35 years. Previously employed by Beal Aerospace Technologies (Director of Engineering), Raytheon-Electronic Systems (Chief Composites Engineer), ALCOA-FiberTek (Project Engineer), and EDO-Fiber Science (Project/Test Engineer), he has also founded and operated two composites-based businesses: Utah Rocketry (1993-1997), and Compositex, Inc. (2000-present). He has extensive experience in designing and developing launch vehicles, liquid rocket propulsion systems, ablatively-cooled thrust chambers/nozzles, filament-wound composite vessels (liquid propellant tanks, high-pressure gas storage vessels, solid rocket motorcases, and crash-worthy external aircraft fuel tanks), wings, control surfaces, fuselages, radomes, spars, missile tail fins, bulkheads, reentry heat shields, and landing gear. Compositex, Inc. customers include NASA-Marshall, NASA-Ames, NASA-Johnson, Air Force Research Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory, Air Launch LLC, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, KT Engineering, Rocketdyne, DARPA, Exxon-Mobil, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin.
Edward L. Keith is a multi-discipline Launch Vehicle
System Engineer and Rocket Scientist,
specializing in launch vehicle design
optimization, modeling and technology. He
is currently an independent consultant, writer
and teacher of rocket system design and
technology. He is experienced in launch
vehicle operations, design, testing,
optimization, research, business
analysis, risk reduction, modeling,
safety and reliability. Mr. Keith's
experience extends to both reusable and expendable launch
vehicles, as well as to solid liquid and hybrid rocket
systems. Mr. Keith has designed complete rocket engines,
rocket vehicles, small propulsion systems, and composite
propellant tank systems, especially designed for low cost, as
a propulsion and launch vehicle engineer. Mr. Keith worked
the Rascal Launch Vehicle Program and Launch Vehicle
design lead, the Space Launch Initiative and the Liquid Fly-
Back Booster programs for Boeing, originated the Scorpius
Program for Microcosm, worked on the Brilliant Eyes and
the Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Programs for Rockwell
and worked on the Aerojet DSP Satellite program. He also
has 13-years of government experience including five years
working launch operations at Vandenberg AFB. Mr. Keith
has written 22 technical papers on various aspects of low
cost space transportation over the last decade.
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What you will learn:
- The most advanced topics of launch vehicle optimization,
design and analysis.
- Advanced concepts in Modeling Launch Vehicle Projects.
- Modern rocket science applications.
- New techniques in launch vehicle design, optimization
- Popular theories of rocket design not supported by
- The current state of Rocket Science. Objective and metrics of optimization.
Need for improvement in optimization.
- Advanced Topics of Mass Properties, Scaling Issues and High-Tech Materials.
Essential parameters of analysis. Theory of mass properties. Accurate mass
properties as starting point and critical parameter.
- Advanced Topics in Propellant Volume Theory. The theory that propellant
volume is the most significant mass driver of launch vehicle design. Bulk density
of propellants in the "rocket equation."
- Advanced Topics in Stage Mass Properties. Separating engine mass properties
from stage mass properties. Volume theory and propellant bulk density. Stages
without engines. Implications of propellant volume scale, bulk density, and
physical properties. Advanced modeling algorithms for top-down analysis.
- Advanced Topics in Engine Mass Properties. Selected rocket engines ranked for
thrust-to-weight ratio to hypothesize engine mass property relationships to
specific impulse, engine cycle, cryogenic nature and bulk density of propellants,
and engine design era.
- Advanced Topics in ELV Stage Mass Properties. Expendable Launch Vehicle
(ELV) theory. Simplification theory. Big Dumb Booster concept. Evaluation of
mass suboptimization. Solid and hybrid propulsion.
- Advanced Topics in RLV Mass Properties. Popular RLV theory. Fatal flaws.
Classification of RLV systems. Theory for mass relationships to convenience of
recovery. RLV and ELV alternatives.
- Current and Advanced Topics in Cost Model Theory. Modern cost models as
science. Use and abuse of cost analysis. Cost Models as self-fulfilling prophecies.
- Current Topics in Performance Model Theory. Utility and value of current
performance modeling. Problems with the models. Simplifying assumptions as an
introduction to optimization searches.
- Advanced Topics in Optimization and Modeling Theory. Virtual development
exploration. Relationships and algorithms for advanced optimization by computer
- Staging Optimization Theory and Practical Procedure. Current procedures
and theories. Using computer programs. Determining optimum staging.
- Learning Curve Theory and Advanced Optimization. Production and Launch
Operations. The relationship with Economies of Scale.
- Advanced Topics in Engine Cluster Reliability Theory. Modeling to optimize
the number of engines/stage. Learning curve effects. Life Cycle costs and
DDT&E Cost implications. The Russian paradigm of engine clusters. NASA
employment of moderate engine clusters.
- Advanced Reliability Design & Analysis Integration for Launch Vehicles. The
reliability of rocket systems, particularly engine clusters. The optimization of
engine numbers as a function of Catastrophic Fraction to achieve maximum
- Advanced Integration of Safety into Launch Vehicle Design and Analysis.
Integrating safety into optimization, with identifiable common denominators. The
relationships between safety and cost.
- Integrated Modeling. Specialty models to an integrated, high-fidelity, multidiscipline,
comprehensive model. Advancing from analysis to gaming to analyze
the reacting strategies of competitors.
- Deterministic Optimization. Sweep optimization. Sample computer programs.
Applications and requirements for sweep modeling. Determining the optimum
payload scale for an RLV Point Design.
- Advanced Topics in Strategy in the Optimization Process. The use of strategy
to achieve superior results with inferior optimization. Clean sheet vs. existing
building blocks. The strategy of evolution. Modularity as a strategy. Alternate
strategies. Alternatives that reduce the costs of DDT&E, Production and
Operations. Inferred relationships.
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