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Offline bolun

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #20 on: 12/04/2017 08:11 PM »
THALES ALENIA SPACE SIGNS WITH EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY THE SPACE RIDER PRELIMINARY DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT

30.11.2017

A successor to the IXV reentry demonstrator, Space Rider is Europe’s next-generation reusable transportation system for low Earth orbit
 
 
Paris, November 30, 2017 – Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67 %, Leonardo 33 %), with ELV (European Launch Vehicle - 70% Avio SpA, 30% ASI)  as co-contractor, has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the engineering and preliminary development of the automated reusable Space Rider transportation system, designed for deployment by the new Vega C light launcher into low Earth orbit (LEO).

The goal of Space Rider is to provide Europe with an affordable, independent, reusable end-to-end integrated space transportation system for unmanned missions and for routine access and return from low orbit. It will be used to transport a variety of payloads into different LEO altitudes and inclinations.

Featuring a lifting body configuration, Space Rider is designed as a free-flying orbital platform, capable of remaining two months in orbit, safely reentering the atmosphere and landing. It can be recovered along with its payload, refurbished, and reused for up to six missions. It combines the characteristics of a space system designed for scientific experiments in low Earth orbit with those needed for guidance outside the atmosphere and through an automated landing, including microgravity experiments, in-orbit validations, testing of science and exploration technologies, etc., plus payload recovery on the ground for examination and retesting.

It follows ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) which on 11 February 2015 performed a flawless suborbital flight with atmospheric reentry and sea landing.

Leading a consortium of European manufacturers, research centers and universities, Thales Alenia Space is responsible for the development of the reentry module (RM), derived from the IXV. ELV is in charge of the development of the service module, derived from the Vega C upper stage AVUM (Attitude and Vernier Upper Module). The partners in this new program are capitalizing on the lessons learned from the IXV, which enjoyed strong support from the Italian space agency ASI.

https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/press-release/thales-alenia-space-signs-european-space-agency-space-rider

Note: emphasis mine
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #21 on: 04/11/2018 11:12 AM »
ESA's Space Rider page was updated on 10 April 2018.
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Space Rider way forward

Phase-B1 was completed with the system requirements review board meeting on 21 December 2017 concluding that the project is technically sound.

Activities for Phase-B2/C, covering the preliminary design review and the critical design review, started on 25 January 2018. 

Increasing the volume of the multipurpose cargo bay is a priority to allow for more or larger payloads on each mission. Another focus is to refine the mission operations and the requirements for the ground segment together with the consolidation of the business plan on exploitation.

Section underlined (by me) appears to be new.
« Last Edit: 04/11/2018 11:50 AM by AlexA »

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #22 on: 04/15/2018 07:13 PM »
Space Rider mission

ESA’s Space Rider aims to provide Europe with an affordable, independent, reusable end-to-end space transportation system integrated with Vega-C, for routine access and return from low Earth orbit.

Space Rider will debut in 2021 to provide a laboratory in space for an array of applications, orbit altitudes and inclinations.

- Related article: Announcement of opportunity to fly payloads to space on ESA's Space Rider

https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/04/Space_Rider_mission

Image credit: ESA

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #23 on: 04/17/2018 07:11 AM »
From the above link...

The Space Rider payload bay User Guide
« Last Edit: 04/17/2018 07:11 AM by Jester »

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #24 on: 04/17/2018 09:05 AM »
From the above link...

The Space Rider payload bay User Guide
Seem like they marketing this commercially, suspect alot of payloads will be ESA's or sponsored by them. At couple missions a years helps boost Vega C flight rate.
The big plus for ESA is giving them an alternative to ISS which they in total control of.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #25 on: 04/20/2018 01:53 PM »
Space Rider mission

ESA’s Space Rider aims to provide Europe with an affordable, independent, reusable end-to-end space transportation system integrated with Vega-C, for routine access and return from low Earth orbit.

Space Rider will debut in 2021 to provide a laboratory in space for an array of applications, orbit altitudes and inclinations.

- Related article: Announcement of opportunity to fly payloads to space on ESA's Space Rider

https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/04/Space_Rider_mission

Image credit: ESA
So is any part of this reusable? I get that it can bring experiments back to earth, but it looks like there will be, effectively, no real reuse going on here.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #26 on: 04/20/2018 02:02 PM »
So is any part of this reusable? I get that it can bring experiments back to earth, but it looks like there will be, effectively, no real reuse going on here.
The "Re-entry Module" is intended to fly a minimum of 6 missions (i.e. be re-used at least 5 times), with a turn-around time of 4 months (TBC).
From the fact sheet:
https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/space_transportation/Space_Rider_factsheet_HiRes_ok.pdf
« Last Edit: 04/20/2018 02:03 PM by AlexA »

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #27 on: 04/20/2018 08:59 PM »
So is any part of this reusable? I get that it can bring experiments back to earth, but it looks like there will be, effectively, no real reuse going on here.
The "Re-entry Module" is intended to fly a minimum of 6 missions (i.e. be re-used at least 5 times), with a turn-around time of 4 months (TBC).
From the fact sheet:
https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/space_transportation/Space_Rider_factsheet_HiRes_ok.pdf
Right, but what all hardware on it gets to be reused? Thrusters, tanks, and power are on the service module. The heat shield is presumably expendable. How much valuable hardware is left?

Maybe I'm just looking at it wrong and the concept is supposed to be a standardized reentry vehicle for taking experiments up and back down, rather than a reusable spacecraft?

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #28 on: 05/11/2018 01:53 PM »
2017 Paper by Lockheed Martin UK on their involvement in Space Rider:
http://dibley.eu.com/RAeS%202017%20NE%20Rowe%20Entries/NE%20Rowe%202017%20U30%207%20-%20Alex%20GODFREY,%20Bedford%20-%20Essay%20-%2014jul17.pdf

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Space Rider - Developing ESA’s Autonomous Space Vehicle Capability
Mr A. Godfrey, Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill, July 2017

Abstract
The ever increasing demand to access Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has prompted a recently
renewed global interest in Launch Vehicle (LV) and Space Vehicle (SV) development. The
primary aim of new designs has been to reduce the cost of accessing space, often by
maximising vehicle reusability. Despite recent test and demonstration successes, the maturity
of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) reusable LV and SV technology is still considered
to be below that of major space fairing nations; the United States, Russia and China. To
address this knowledge gap and maintain pace with the rest of the world, ESA have been
developing an autonomous and reusable SV capability known as Space Rider.
Initially this paper discusses why an agency or nation may want to develop an autonomous
SV and goes on to present an overview of SVs, both past and present. ESA’s SV development
with its Space Rider programme and preceding demonstrator, the Programme for Reusable
In-orbit Demonstrator for Europe - Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (PRIDE IXV), are then
introduced. Following this, an overview is given as to how Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill
(LMUK Ampthill) have been contributing to the development of three critical Space Rider
subsystems; the Aerodynamic Surface Control System (ASCS), Landing Gear and Mid-Air
Retrieval (MAR) system. Key design drivers and trade-offs are highlighted to illustrate some
of the engineering challenges associated with developing an autonomous SV. Finally it is
shown how SV operators can realise a large cost saving by using MAR instead of conventional
Landing Gear.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #29 on: 06/07/2018 04:06 PM »
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Aerospace, green light to the development of a new made in Italy ceramic material

Interesting prospects are opening up for the development of a new made in Italy material with applications in the aerospace sector.

The new opportunities are opened by the success of the tests carried out on an innovative material for thermal protection developed by CIRA, the Italian Aerospace Research Centre, in collaboration with Petroceramics, a company specializing in the development of high-performance ceramic matrix composites.

The material was tested in CIRA’s Scirocco plasma wind tunnel on an aerospace component exposed for 10 minutes to conditions simulating the re-entry conditions from low Earth orbit. The component reached temperatures of about 1200 degrees Celsius showing no sign of degradation, thus proving that it can be employed as a reusable thermal protection.

The material resulting from the collaboration between CIRA and Petroceramics proved to be able to withstand extremely high thermal and mechanical stresses in an oxidizing environment. It is a completely new reinforced ceramic composite with the advantage that it can be produced in a rapid, cost-effective manner.

The field of application is that of space re-entry technologies. In particular, the positive result of the tests on the new material opens the way for the development of made in Italy thermal protection systems, also useful in view of future programmes of the European Space Agency, such as Space Rider...

https://www.researchitaly.it/en/projects/aerospace-green-light-to-the-development-of-a-new-made-in-italy-ceramic-material/#null



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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #30 on: 06/07/2018 04:19 PM »
Italian company Argotech (http://www.argotec.it/online/) are offering a one-stop-shop service for flying payloads on Space Rider:
http://www.flyonspacerider.com/
Fancy promotional video:


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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #31 on: 09/05/2018 03:44 PM »
The Space Rider Programme: End user's needs and payload applications survey as driver for mission and system definition

Scientific paper in Acta Astronautica
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.08.042

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #32 on: 11/14/2018 01:06 AM »
A recent article in Space News on Space Rider:
https://spacenews.com/esa-targets-2021-for-space-rider-demo-flight/

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #33 on: 11/24/2018 09:14 AM »
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Focus_on_Vega_developments

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ESA’s Space Rider reentry vehicle will be launched on Vega-C. It will provide an in-orbit platform for payloads of up to 800 kg.

Its Orbital Service Module, a modified version of the Vega-C AVUM+, extends the time that can be spent in orbit by at least two months before Space Rider returns with its cargo to Earth to land on ground.

The maiden flight is planned for 2021.