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Re: ESA experimental reentry vehicle news
« Reply #40 on: 07/03/2014 06:23 PM »
Why could Expert not be lifted on a M51 SLBM? AFAIK the M51 is still under testing. It does seem to resemble in some ways to the Volna, the first chosen launch vehicle. Or is there a strict limit because of this is a purely military missile?
Part of reason they will not use M51 is MoD said no because A) its in development and B) it contains new  components which at this time may not be used for civilian purposes.

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Re: ESA EXPERT: European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed updates
« Reply #41 on: 12/05/2014 07:46 PM »
Has there been any update on which vehicle EXPERT will now launch?

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Re: ESA EXPERT: European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed updates
« Reply #42 on: 12/05/2014 07:57 PM »
Has there been any update on which vehicle EXPERT will now launch?
Studies and intergovernmental negotiations are still ongoing at this time. An annual report on the projects of ESA member states should be expected around March next year. ESA lead for the Project is via DLR again. May have been downgraded in importance.

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Re: ESA EXPERT: European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed updates
« Reply #43 on: 05/16/2015 08:25 AM »
http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESA_Publications/ESA_Bulletin_161_1st_quarter_2015

From ESA Bulletin 161 (Page 83)

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The Expert vehicle remains in storage conditions at Thales Alenia Space in Turin.

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Re: ESA EXPERT: European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed updates
« Reply #44 on: 02/28/2017 10:16 AM »
Any recent info on EXPERT?

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Re: ESA EXPERT: European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed updates
« Reply #45 on: 02/28/2017 02:48 PM »
Any recent info on EXPERT?
No, but still in storage for a likely launch on a French missile or on VEGA. A vote was deferred at the ministerial meetings at the end of 2016 because the project team hasn't decided on a launcher.

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Re: ESA EXPERT: European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed updates
« Reply #46 on: 04/07/2017 09:01 AM »
No, but still in storage for a likely launch on a French missile or on VEGA. A vote was deferred at the ministerial meetings at the end of 2016 because the project team hasn't decided on a launcher.
I don't think M45, M51, Micro Vega (Z40C-Z9A-Avum, Z23-Z9A-Avum experiences to much aerodynamic loads) Vega are suitable for Expert that only weights about 500kg. I see three options: Taurus-Lite (Orion 50SXLG-Orion50XL-Orion38), VLM-1 (S50-S50-S44) or a new liquid / hybrid rocket (Electron; North Star LV).
I think VLM-1 or NorthStar LV are the most likely, but they only become available around 2020. So Expert will remain shelved for a while.

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