Launch Vehicle Selection, Design, Performance & Use
This course provides the practical knowledge to understand the design, performance, selection and use of current and future (within 5 years) launch systems. The seminar benefits space mission users and developers of current and future launch vehicles. The seminar is designed for designers, operators, users, and investors of launch vehicle services of today's systems, and those of the foreseeable future. The launch vehicles of today include the American Athena, Atlas, Delta, Pegasus, Taurus, Titan, and Space Shuttle. Foreign launch vehicles and launch sites will be discussed for comparison in terms of performance, availability, reliability and cost. Future launch vehicles, both expendable and reusable, will be examined for performance, reliability and the reality of the technology on which they depend. You will learn the details of all major launch systems and how they stack up for various missions.
The seminar is taught from a multi-discipline point-of- view. What do you need to either design and develop, or select, the proper launch vehicle, given reliability, availability and cost trades? How does modern technology affect the design and use of launch vehicles? How do government controls and incentives affect the design, operation, cost, availability, safety and reliability of launch vehicles? What is the path of the future with respect to space transportation in this new century? Attendees will receive a set of printed notes. These notes will be an excellent future reference after the seminar.
Edward L. Keith is a multi-discipline Launch Vehicle System Engineer, specializing in the combination of launch vehicle technology with economics of business case analysis. His travels have taken him to Russia, China, Australia and many other launch operation centers around the world. He is currently working on advanced launch vehicles for Boeing Corp. Mr. Keith has served 5 years on launch operations at Vandenberg AFB, CA. He also served 5 years in Australia, evaluating all space mission operations that originated in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Mr. Keith demonstrated all the key technology for a small company to develop expendable launch vehicles at more than 10-fold lower recurring and development costs. Mr. Keith has worked on launch vehicle technology projects from large liquid cryogenic rocket systems, to solid rocket motors and small storable propellant propulsion systems. Mr. Keith also conducts business case analyses of space and launch vehicle systems, using commercial criteria for closed business solutions.
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.
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