Technology, Decisions, Design|
ATI's Launch Vehicle Systems-Reusable course
This course provides the practical knowledge to understand the issues of
costs, performance, technology, operation and utility of reusable launch
systems. The seminar is designed for engineers, decision makers and managers
of current and future projects needing a better understanding of the complex
issues involved in the optimization of reusable launch vehicles. The seminar
describes the choices and consequences of options facing those seeking to
improve space transportation through decreased dependence on expending
launch vehicle hardware. You will learn a wide spectrum of problems and
solutions to reusable launch vehicle technology and how the choices stack-up
against current expendable vehicle systems.
The seminar is taught from the point-of-view of reusable launch vehicle
decision makers. What do you need to know to achieve a practical and
cost-effective reusable launch vehicle, given performance reliability,
safety and cost trade-offs? What do you need to know to make the proper
decisions from propellant selection and architecture to the level of new
technology needed to achieve the desired degree of success? The
similarities, and differences between expendable and reusable vehicle
systems, design and performance are compared and explained to help
understand the optimum launch vehicle design.
Attendees will receive a complete set of printed notes. These notes will be
an excellent future reference for current trends to the state-of-the-art in
reusable launch vehicle modeling, design, development, operations and
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What You Will Learn:
- Modeling Reusable Launch Vehicles, and how they differ from Expendable Vehicles.
- Tradeoffs in performance, cost, reliability, safety and utility
- Business justification for next generation reusable launch vehicles
- Technology, design, development, production and operations decisions
- Working with a large reusable launch vehicle design team
Who Should Attend:
- Reusable Launch Vehicle Project Designers,Managers and Decision
- Commercial and Government sponsors of Reusable Launch Vehicles.
- Modelers or simulation analysts for RLV technology Projects.
- RLV Technology specialist needing broader understanding of the "Big
- Introduction to Launch Vehicle Technology. Understanding the basic
physics and chemistry of rocket propulsion, rocket flight through the
atmosphere to a vacuum, achieving a proper orbit, and useful orbits for
Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) operations.
- Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV) as the Baseline for RLV Technology.
Examining elements of a Launch Vehicle including main propulsion, propellant
tanks, structures and avionics. Understanding how and why ELV Systems
Remain Dominant, and why ELV Systems are so expensive. Staging theory
- Unique RLV Systems. Introducing the reentry, recovery, and landing of
reusable vehicles. Evaluating the impact of reuse on the design.
- Propellant Selection as Technology and Performance Drivers. Comparing
the performance of alternative propellants and modeling the impact of
propellant density. Trade study comparative algorithms, and the main
propulsion selection criteria. Critical engine selection issues,
augmentation propulsion and on-orbit propellants (OMS, RCS and ACS) are
- Mass Properties and Scaling Issues. Examining the importance of vehicle
size, and the propellant selection, on launch vehicle mass properties. Mass
properties as drivers for cost models
- Basic modeling of RLV systems and simplifying assumptions. Introducing
integrated comparative models, performance models, cost models and
- Business Models and Business Case Closure. The time value of money,
commercial business Government project criteria and why business closure is
- Operational Issues and the Turn-Around Process. Modeling the
turn-around process, ramping up, and fixed costs and variable costs.
- Performance Differences between ELV and RLV Systems. Mass ratio impacts
on scale and orbital limitations on RLV Systems.
- The SSTO vs. TSTO Decisions. Mass Properties and operational
differences and issues between an SSTO and a TSTO.
- Reliability Issues with RLV Systems. Introducing basic reliability
analysis, failure rates, and catastrophic failures. Understanding
reliability's impact on operations. Examine the flight environment and
reliability. Why are RLVs More Reliable Than ELVs? Observing unknown
unknowns, the big reliability wild card. Why the Space Shuttle and Saturn
Were Particularly Reliable? Introducing engine reliability strategies for
- Practical Engine Selection Issues. Existing Engines or a Clean Sheet?
Choosing between performance and robust engines. Thrust-to-weight
comparisons. Observing the reliability of engines, at different power
- OMS and RCS issues for RLV technology. Explore OMS and RCS functions,
including existing toxic propellants and operations effort. Non-toxic
alternatives. Choosing wisely.
- Safety Issues and the RLV. Understanding the relationship between
Safety and Reliability. Range safety, crew safety and regulation of flying
- Launch site selection issues for RLV Systems, including inland launch
sites. Understanding the impact of selected latitude, altitude, local
weather and logistics on the overall system performance and operations.
- Mixed Expendable and Reusable Decisions. Examining the Space Shuttle
example of a mixed vehicle. Expendable propulsion augmentation, and
expendable tanks, on reusable vehicles. Testing the limit of reusability.
- Risk Issues and Risk Reduction. Analyzing why launch vehicle projects
fail, evaluating the project technical and financial risks, and modeling for realism.
- Opportunities For Revolutionary RLV Technology, including where to
start and what technologies are critical.
This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at email@example.com and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.