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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
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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?