Space Rider Mission Engineering

Davide BONETTI, Gabriele DE ZAIACOMO, Gonzalo Blanco ARNAO, Giovanni MEDICI, Irene Pontijas FUENTES, Baltazar PARREIRA
The ESA Space Rider program aims at providing Europe with an affordable, independent, reusable end-to-end integrated space transportation system, for routine access and return from low orbit. It will be used to transport payloads for an array of applications, orbit altitudes and inclinations. The Space Rider is composed of an expendable AVUM Orbital Module (AOM) and of a reusable Reentry Module (RM), which is designed to be flown multiple times. For the RM this translates into the need for a
more » ... xible and robust system, able to cope with a wide range of flight conditions, in compliance to stringent safety constraints in case of failure. This is a critical additional challenge for Europe, beyond the current state of the art in re-entry technology represented by the successful flight of the ESA IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) on February, 11th, 2015. This paper presents the current status of the Space Rider Mission and the Mission Engineering results achieved by DEIMOS Space at the System Preliminary Design Review (SPDR). The Mission Engineering is a design process that includes multiple activities in support to the mission and system design: from aerodynamics and flying qualities aspects to End-to-End (de-orbiting to touchdown) reference trajectories optimization, sizing trajectories for subsystems specifications, assessment of the mission performance through Monte Carlo simulation campaigns, and visibility and safety analyses.
doi:10.13009/eucass2019-633 fatcat:cpued2fxe5cinnnjb6jjmxckji