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Offline TrevorMonty

Space Rider
« on: 11/26/2016 07:28 pm »
This is followed on project to IXV test vehicle and will result in operational reusable space vehicle. Will give ESA something equivalent to X37 but cheaper to launch and more useful as it can do few different  roles.
1) ISS return cargo transport.
2) Free flyer for experiments or payloads.
3) Satellite servicing and retrieval.


Launched with VEGAC/VEGAC+ andinjected in Circular LEO orbit.
Target orbit for system sizing: ISS (400 km –52deg) !
InOrbitoperational phase mission duration longer than 2 months !
Payloadmasslarger than 450 kg andpayload volumelarger than 0.8 !
Precision ground landing allowing fast payload recovery time.
Main landing site European. !
System reusability with minimum refurbishment for 6 missions. !
Maximization of IXV heritage !
Exploitation of synergy with VEGA system in terms of technologies development commonalities
(My copy and paste didn't work to well hence poor format)



https://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.cesmamil-hypersonic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/35.1-SPACE-RIDER-the-Reusable-Orbital-Re-entry-Vehicle-for-Europe-Massobrio-Rufolo.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwjI5bPJn8fQAhWFmJQKHUoND_gQFghSMAw&usg=AFQjCNF-BC8N9f5aqM1gk-DeNgUDU7g_ng&sig2=Gi8UKj5xqbXtVbOHdfXMDA

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/uk/news/press-releases/2016-press-releases/work-begins-on-pioneering-european-spacecraft.html


http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Ministerial_Council_2016/Launcher_Programmes
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #1 on: 11/26/2016 11:34 pm »
Some context (emphasis added):

Press Release
N°42-2016

Paris, 14 November

Media backgrounder: ESA’s Ministerial 2016 in Lucerne

[...]

Goal: foster a globally competitive European space sector
Target amount: €1.5 billion 

Concerted measures that foster the European space sector into becoming wholly competitive in the global market are also about enabling and implementing new cooperation methods between traditional, new and emerging actors, about new working methods
in line with Industry 4.0 and about pushing for a self-sustaining and commercially competitive European space industrial base open and easily accessible to other European sectors, which it helps to make profitable.

This calls for broadening the base of industrial actors through the emergence of new players, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), calls for implementing public–private partnerships (PPPs) in areas in which these have to date seen
only public financing, calls for clearer and stronger connections between the space and non-space sectors to allow for spin-ins and –offs, and for complementary activities.

ESA intends to address all of the above by:
•supporting the growth and networking of SMEs, through the SME Initiative, which helps to widen the base of actors and increase the dynamic nature of the space field;
•extending PPPs to the Earth observation area through InCubed (Earth Watch) to stimulate Europe’s Earth observation industry to develop innovative technologies and services for commercialisation in the new Space 4.0 environment;
•stimulating the first European commercial partnership(s) in space exploration, drawing on the group of innovative ideas already proposed by industry through commercial partnerships within the European Exploration Envelope Programme (E3P);
•coordinating space technology planning of ESA, EU and Member States with industry and other stakeholders through the establishment of technology roadmaps through technology harmonisation;
•providing support to the establishment and maintenance of standards for the space sector through standardisation;
•preparing future initiatives and developing competitive technologies and products for telecommunication and thus directly supporting industry competitiveness through the Future Preparation and Core Competitiveness Elements;
•providing extended geographical coverage and service enhancement of the European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS), currently under development and opening new market opportunities for optical communication technologies, through the continuation
of the EDRS-GlobeNet programme;
•developing optical communication technologies to address future markets with ScyLight, which will also address quantum scamgraphy and other new applications;
•supplying a validated satellite-based communication solution for the European Air Traffic Management System, through Iris;
•supporting and enabling the development, qualification and demonstration in orbit of next-generation platform lines, allowing European prime satellite integrators already established in the 
3–6 tonne launch mass segment to address future satellite operators’ needs through Neosat;
•supporting the development, launch and validation in orbit of a satellite system based on an innovative geostationary platform in the 3 tonne launch mass range, using all-electric propulsion for transfer to geostationary orbit and for stationkeeping,
through Electra;
•supporting the design and development of the innovative elements that will contribute to an optimised delivery of future mobile satellite communication services, through ICE, Inmarsat Communications Evolution project;
•supporting the development, launch and validation in orbit of an innovative Ka- and V-band satellite system, through Lynxsat;
•supporting European satellite ground segment industry to develop, validate and roll out innovative ground segment solutions, through Aidan;
•supporting the development of streamlined microsatellites towards reduced recurring cost for serial production by supporting space-based tracking of seafaring vessels beyond coastal areas that are equipped with AIS (Automatic Identification System)
tracking devices through SAT-AIS missions and other applications and by addressing other opportunities offered by small LEO constellations high-performance ship detection capabilities;
•facilitating the transfer of technologies and knowhow developed at ESA into diverse non-space fields (spin-off) and supporting the local Business Incubator Centres in Member States, through the Technology Transfer and Incubation Programme (TTP); 
•preparing Europe for independent routine access and return from LEO with a reusable system able to transport payloads for several different applications through Space Rider (based on Vega C), and activities involving Dream Chaser (based on Ariane
64);
•providing low-cost launch services for light and small satellites based on Ariane 6 and Vega with the Light satellite, Low-cost Launch (LLL) initiative.
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #2 on: 12/02/2016 12:55 pm »
Alive, kinda; https://www.twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/804682234569588736

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CM16 the #IXV follow-on #SpaceRider has received 43 mil. euro funding upto CDR (funding more then 60% reached) launch in 2020/2021

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #3 on: 12/02/2016 02:00 pm »
Space Rider has overcome the most critical step in its development FUNDING. 


Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) tweeted at 3:12 AM on Sat, Dec 03, 2016:
ESA's Neuenschwander: We got needed EUR 32M for IXV-based Space Rider reusable microgravity vehicle, gets us to CDR; cld fly 2021.#ESACM16
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #4 on: 06/02/2017 10:07 am »
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DutchSpace‏ @DutchSpace 8m8 minutes ago

Ohh, i'm liking this updated image..... #SpaceRider #IXV

https://twitter.com/DutchSpace/status/870580003406315520

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #5 on: 06/07/2017 09:22 am »
I really like the simplicity of the spacerider design. Just take the AVUM+ upperstage, integrate a solar power generation system and you have the orbital maneuvering system for SpaceRider.
It also looks like they are going to use the same configuration as IXV. (only replacing the parashute recovery system with a payload bay, and switching to land landing.

I wonder what other uses ESA/ASI/AVIO can come up with for the AVUM+ with power generation system!?
Let's hope for the best for the SpaceRider program.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #6 on: 06/07/2017 10:44 am »
The Cesmamil-Hypersonic.org website has shut down. Attaching a copy of the pdf here.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #7 on: 06/22/2017 07:32 pm »
ESA aims to privatize Space Rider unmanned spaceplane by 2025

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LE BOURGET, FRANCE — Although Europe’s Space Rider reusable spaceplane is three years or so from its debut, the European Space Agency is already making plans to privatize the unmanned orbital vehicle.

By 2025, ESA officials said, Space Rider could be operating commercially, flying science payloads and bringing them back to Earth for roughly $9,200 per kilogram.

Arianespace, the Evry, France-based launch services provider, would likely serve as Space Rider’s operator, offering industry and government customers the opportunity to fill the spaceplane 800-kilogram payload capacity with microgravity science, materials testing, telecommunications and robotics demonstrations.

<--- SNIP---> [more at Spacenews.com]

Full article at: http://spacenews.com/esa-aims-to-privatize-space-rider-unmanned-spaceplane-by-2025/

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #8 on: 06/25/2017 03:10 pm »
How could Space Rider operate commercially if they're charging less than $10k/kg of payload?  Wouldn't it need to charge more than 5 times that much?

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #9 on: 06/25/2017 09:27 pm »
How could Space Rider operate commercially if they're charging less than $10k/kg of payload?  Wouldn't it need to charge more than 5 times that much?

Most basic 1U volume rideshare service. Cube up and down, passive payload.
Add power and date for more advanced payloads and you can multiply the cost possibly an order of magnitude.
I guess the cost per mission (800kg payload) is in the order of 50-100mln.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #10 on: 06/26/2017 05:59 pm »
How could Space Rider operate commercially if they're charging less than $10k/kg of payload?  Wouldn't it need to charge more than 5 times that much?

Most basic 1U volume rideshare service. Cube up and down, passive payload.
Add power and date for more advanced payloads and you can multiply the cost possibly an order of magnitude.
I guess the cost per mission (800kg payload) is in the order of 50-100mln.

Last I heard, the target recurring cost (incl. launcher) is well below $50m. Unfortunately, even with a highly reusable airframe, the relatively high launch cost and the expendable AVUM+ stage will always preclude costs from falling below $30m/flight...

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #11 on: 09/01/2017 11:40 am »
The figure I got when I googled was $40K/Kg, that's $32m for an 800Kg payload (is that figure current ?)

Until I was checking some stuff related to IXV I had no idea this programme existed.  :o
 Now it looks like it's going to launch within 5 years.
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #12 on: 09/02/2017 10:35 am »
Found this updated description from ESA

http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/space_transportation/Space_Rider_factsheet_HiRes_ok.pdf

This lists the countries involved and that the payload for the reference mission is now 800Kg in a volume of 0.8m^3
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #13 on: 10/01/2017 08:10 pm »
From EUCASS2017, found something that should be right up Rik ISS-fan's alley  ;) (and others too of course, it's an interesting read)

"AEROSHAPE TRADE-OFF AND AERODYNAMIC ANALYSIS OF THE SPACE-RIDER VEHICLE"





Direct link: https://www.eucass.eu/doi/EUCASS2017-416.pdf

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #14 on: 10/02/2017 01:03 am »
From EUCASS2017, found something that should be right up Rik ISS-fan's alley  ;) (and others too of course, it's an interesting read)

Thanks. Looks like a clear win for the (fin-less) lifting body. They really do hate wings...

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #15 on: 10/02/2017 05:37 pm »
Thanks Calapine, it was an interesting document indeed.
To me it's not at all surprising that the IXV (with small wings) is favored. The spacerider is the continuation of the IXV project, Italy is the main funder of this project, they also backed IXV the most.

This document only studied vehicles launched underneath a payload fairing. I wonder how the preference changes when launching without fairing.
If I'm not mistaken, SpaceRider will launch on Vega-C or Ariane 62; IXV launched on Vega.
All three launchers have different fairing diameters (Vega 2.6m, Vega-C 3.3m, A62 5.4m outer diameter)
The baseline is a reuse of the IXV vehicle shape, so I wonder if they are going to use the Vega fairing on Vega-C when launching SpaceRider or if they are going to use the larger fairing. The advantaged of using the smaller fairing is that it weights less so the vehicle mass might be higher.
When using the larger fairing a lot of volume won't be used.

I forgot to add that this IXV configuration might also be usefull for a reusable upperstage / space vehicle. (Like BFR)
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #16 on: 10/05/2017 01:30 pm »

If I'm not mistaken, SpaceRider will launch on Vega-C or Ariane 62; IXV launched on Vega.
All three launchers have different fairing diameters (Vega 2.6m, Vega-C 3.3m, A62 5.4m outer diameter)
The baseline is a reuse of the IXV vehicle shape, so I wonder if they are going to use the Vega fairing on Vega-C when launching SpaceRider or if they are going to use the larger fairing. The advantaged of using the smaller fairing is that it weights less so the vehicle mass might be higher.
When using the larger fairing a lot of volume won't be used.


SpaceRider will launch on Vega-C (with an adapted AVUM as kind of an orbital module). Neither Vega nor A62 is foreseen. The Vega-C fairing will be used, simply because that will be the only fairing qualified for the launcher. A different fairing would require a system qualification loop (different aerodynamics with impact on guidance laws). That is also the point why IXV was and SpaceRider will be launched under the fairing: The use of a qualified launcher configuration.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #17 on: 12/02/2017 06:46 pm »
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Vega_Evolution_preparation_and_Space_Rider_development

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ESA signed two contracts today with Italy’s ELV and Thales Alenia Space to extend Europe’s Vega space system capabilities and competitiveness, and develop Space Rider for payload return capability.

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... Thales Alenia Space and ELV will complete the detailed mission and system design up to the Critical Design Review for Space Rider.

The Space Rider space transportation system will be integrated with Vega-C, combining an Orbital Service Module derived from a Vega-C AVUM and a reentry module derived from the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) demonstrator flown in 2015 on Vega.

It will provide Europe with an affordable reusable platform for routine access and return from space, with payloads capacity up to 800 kg to an array of orbit altitudes and inclinations for multiple applications such as advanced microgravity, in-orbit demonstration and validation for Earth observation, science, telecommunication and robotic exploration. 

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The contract for Space Rider activities worth €36.7 million was signed by ESA Director of Space Transportation Daniel Neuenschwander, Thales Alenia Space Vice President Domain Exploration and Science Walter Cugno, and ELV Managing Director Andrea Preve at ESA headquarters in Paris.

Image credit: ESA

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #18 on: 12/04/2017 03:36 pm »
I think the SpaceRider contract is for the preliminary design, the full development of SpaceRider will most likely be one of the projects asking for funding during the 2018 ministerial conference. 
SpaceRider will most likely be used to test and demonstrate new technologies in space. IOD (In Orbit Demonstration) should reduce the time and risk of marketing new space/satellite technologies. Examples are:
- faster space computers, 
- faster larger SSD's,
- new green in orbit propulsion (ion/electric, mono and bipropalent)
- smaller star- and sunsensors,
- new sensors/ different measuring technologies.
- (A specific one) new atomic clocks for Gallileo Gen2
IOD can be done using the ISS, dedicated demonstrator satellites (cubesats), hosted payloads and space test vehicles like SpaceRider and DreamChaser. You could see SpaceRider as a reusable satellite bus, testing new systems, payloads and sensors each time it launches. Cubesat/microsat deployment is a option, but it's a expansive ride (2.2mT launch for 0.8mT payload), a normal rideshare is far cheaper.
SpaceRider can also be used for experiments that are to dangerous for the ISS. This could be the 5th facility for doing microgravity science,  besides: drop towers, parabola planes, sounding rockets(New Sheperd) and the ISS (LEO science station). In my oppinion science and research in microgravity is the third most importent activity in space, after Comsats and EarthObservation. I think Space exploration is far less importent than the former three activities, but human space exploration requires by far the largest budget.
I realy hope ARTES and Galileo will also include a hosted payload component.

Let's also add that I'm curious how  SpaceRider will be implemented on Vega-E. Possibly they could use the same equipment for a modified version of AVUM and the VUS upper-stage. Another option is including the upperstage functionality in SpaceRider (solar array and propulsion system). A third option as a expendable propulsion and power generation module.
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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #19 on: 12/04/2017 08:01 pm »
http://www.avio.com/en/press-release/contracts-signed-with-esa-to-develop-vega-e-and-space-rider/

From avio's press release

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Today, Avio signed two contracts with ESA, the European Space Agency, in Paris to develop the Vega E launcher and the Space Rider re-entry vehicle, in line with market expectations. The contracts are worth a total of €89.7 million.

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Space Rider is a re-entry vehicle, the evolution of the IXV (Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, launched by Vega in February 2015), capable of ‘navigating’ up to 2 months in low Earth orbit before returning to earth. Re-entry enables the recovery of all the useful load that can be analysed, and the vehicle to be reused for a new mission. The contract signed by ESA with Avio and TAS-I (Thales Alenia Space Italia) is worth a total of €36.7 million for the development of the Space Rider system, consisting of two modules: AOM (Avum Orbital Module) and RM (Re-entry Module). Avio will handle the development of AOM, a specific version of AVUM (fourth stage of the VEGA C) capable of supplying power and services for controlling the vehicle’s re-entry attitude during the orbital stage.

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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.
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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
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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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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.

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« Reply #34 on: 06/05/2019 08:37 pm »

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« Reply #35 on: 06/05/2019 09:26 pm »
https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Transportation/Space_Rider_Europe_s_reusable_space_transport_system
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Space Rider will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in 2022.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #37 on: 06/28/2019 01:25 pm »
What happens to Space Rider when the Vega-C is replaced by the Vega-E?

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« Reply #38 on: 06/28/2019 04:50 pm »
My guess: they extend IXV with retrectable solar pannels and a propulsion systeem. This system can weight 700kg, if the assumptions are still correct; that Vega-E can launch 3mT instead of 2.3mT to the reference 800km SSO orbit.

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« Reply #39 on: 11/28/2019 05:32 pm »
https://twitter.com/BBCAmos/status/1200029732856840192

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Oh, yes. Space Rider, the reusable mini robotic shuttle which would launch on the Vega rocket to take experimental payloads into orbit (A bit like US X37B). Oversubscribed. But... the vast majority of the cash coming from Italy. #Space19plus

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« Reply #40 on: 02/23/2020 09:10 pm »
https://www.eucass.eu/doi/EUCASS2019-0991.pdf

CMC Thermal Protection System evolutions
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« Reply #41 on: 12/09/2020 04:02 pm »
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THALES ALENIA SPACE AND AVIO SIGN WITH EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY THE SPACE RIDER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT

Turin, December 9, 2020 – Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67 %, Leonardo 33 %), and AVIO as  co-contractor, signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the 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 total worth of the contract is 167M€ . 

Space Rider is Europe’s solution for its own affordable and 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 low Earth orbit (LEO) altitudes and inclinations.

Designed as a free-flying orbital platform, Space Rider is capable of remaining two months in orbit, safely re-entering the atmosphere and landing on the ground with a precision of 150 metres. It can be recovered along with its payload, refurbished, and reused for up to six missions.

Leading a consortium of European manufacturers, research centers and universities, Thales Alenia Space is responsible for  the development of the reentry module (RM), the most challenging of the project derived from the IXV, experimental space shuttle made in Italy with the strong support from the Italian space agency ASI and tested in 2015. AVIO is in charge of the propulsions system and the expendable service module. Space Rider will be launched into space aboard the Vega C launcher, developed by AVIO for the European Space Agency.

...

Planned to be launch on 2023 by Vega C light launcher  from  the Guiana Space Center, Space Rider system overall length is 9.7m; it records 2430 kg wet mass and can accommodate up to 600kg of payload inside a 1.2 cubic meter cargo bay.  The re-entry vehicle will reach Mach 28 speed at 90 km of altitude, and sustain maximum temperature of 1700K at the nose heat stagnation; subsonic parachute will open at 16 Km altitude at around 0.73 Mach decelerating the vehicle down to 50 m/s; final part of the descent is under parafoil which has the function of energy management and aero brake (flare maneuver) to limit the landing run after touch down.   

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

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #42 on: 12/09/2020 04:53 pm »
ESA signs contracts for reusable Space Rider up to maiden flight

09/12/2020

ESA has given industry the go-ahead to build Space Rider space and ground segments.

Launched on a Vega-C rocket, this spacecraft will serve as an uncrewed robotic laboratory in low Earth orbit, returning to Earth with its payloads and being reused on future missions.

Space Rider offers routine access to and return from space for a wide range of European space and non-space applications, including in-orbit research and technology demonstrations.


The Space Rider programme achieved major success at Space19+ attracting ten participating States and exceeding funding expectations, enabling ESA to begin negotiations with industry and sign contracts up to completion.

ESA signed two contracts with industry on 9 December at Palazzo Chigi in Rome, Italy in the presence of Italian government representatives. The first contract is for delivery of the Space Rider flight model including the reentry module and the AVUM orbital service module, by co-prime contractors: Thales Alenia Space Italy and Avio. The second contract covers the delivery of the ground segment by Italian co-prime contractors: Telespazio and Altec.

Activities are on track for the first flight of Space Rider in the third quarter of 2023 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Scientific experimentation in microgravity for pharmaceutics and biology are key examples of a Space Rider service.

Further applications include in-orbit demonstration and validation of a variety of technologies for several applications, such as robotics for exploration, instrumentation for Earth observation, surveillance for Earth disaster monitoring, and satellites inspection.

Space Rider will also provide non-space-based companies with a shortcut into the space arena, bypassing the need to become expert space users.

Space Rider is about the size of two minivans. The reentry module hosts the cargo bay, offering a 1200 litre volume for up to 800 kg of customer payloads seated on a high-technology platform that supplies power along with thermal, control, data-handling and telemetry capability. The reentry module is powered in orbit by Vega-C’s upper stage AVUM+ enhanced with a Life Extension kit serving as service module during missions of at least two months.

https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Space_Rider/ESA_signs_contracts_for_reusable_Space_Rider_up_to_maiden_flight
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« Reply #43 on: 12/09/2020 09:00 pm »
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THALES ALENIA SPACE AND AVIO SIGN WITH EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY THE SPACE RIDER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT

Turin, December 9, 2020 – Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67 %, Leonardo 33 %), and AVIO as  co-contractor, signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the 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 total worth of the contract is 167M€ . 

Space Rider is Europe’s solution for its own affordable and 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 low Earth orbit (LEO) altitudes and inclinations.

Designed as a free-flying orbital platform, Space Rider is capable of remaining two months in orbit, safely re-entering the atmosphere and landing on the ground with a precision of 150 metres. It can be recovered along with its payload, refurbished, and reused for up to six missions.

Leading a consortium of European manufacturers, research centers and universities, Thales Alenia Space is responsible for  the development of the reentry module (RM), the most challenging of the project derived from the IXV, experimental space shuttle made in Italy with the strong support from the Italian space agency ASI and tested in 2015. AVIO is in charge of the propulsions system and the expendable service module. Space Rider will be launched into space aboard the Vega C launcher, developed by AVIO for the European Space Agency.

...

Planned to be launch on 2023 by Vega C light launcher  from  the Guiana Space Center, Space Rider system overall length is 9.7m; it records 2430 kg wet mass and can accommodate up to 600kg of payload inside a 1.2 cubic meter cargo bay.  The re-entry vehicle will reach Mach 28 speed at 90 km of altitude, and sustain maximum temperature of 1700K at the nose heat stagnation; subsonic parachute will open at 16 Km altitude at around 0.73 Mach decelerating the vehicle down to 50 m/s; final part of the descent is under parafoil which has the function of energy management and aero brake (flare maneuver) to limit the landing run after touch down.   

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

"Vega-C Light" launcher or "Vega-C" light launcher ?  ???
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« Reply #44 on: 12/09/2020 09:14 pm »
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THALES ALENIA SPACE AND AVIO SIGN WITH EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY THE SPACE RIDER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT
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Planned to be launch on 2023 by Vega C light launcher  from  the Guiana Space Center, Space Rider system overall length is 9.7m; it records 2430 kg wet mass and can accommodate up to 600kg of payload inside a 1.2 cubic meter cargo bay.  The re-entry vehicle will reach Mach 28 speed at 90 km of altitude, and sustain maximum temperature of 1700K at the nose heat stagnation; subsonic parachute will open at 16 Km altitude at around 0.73 Mach decelerating the vehicle down to 50 m/s; final part of the descent is under parafoil which has the function of energy management and aero brake (flare maneuver) to limit the landing run after touch down.   

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

"Vega-C Light" launcher or "Vega-C" light launcher ?  ???
The second. All Vega variants are classed as 'light launchers'.
With the ~2,4mT mass it's a heavy payload for Vega C.

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« Reply #45 on: 12/09/2020 10:41 pm »
Will they be opening this up for commercial freeflyer usage? There are some ZBLAN fiber space manufacturing startups that could use a ride...

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #46 on: 12/17/2020 03:56 pm »
Have they changed the solar panels configuration? (pic link)

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #47 on: 12/17/2020 05:28 pm »
ESA want future A7 RLV to be man rated if that is case they will need crew vehicle. Larger version of space rider seems logical choice, other alternative is use SNC Dreamchaser.

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« Reply #48 on: 10/28/2021 06:48 pm »
Announcement of opportunity to fly payloads on ESA’s Space Rider

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ESA is offering the opportunity for payloads to ride on board the first return flight, and future flights, to low orbit of its reusable Space Rider. Applications should reach ESA by 30 November.

Space Rider’s planned debut is in 2023. Launched on a Vega-C rocket, it will provide a laboratory in space for an array of applications, orbit altitudes and inclinations. ESA has released a dedicated Announcement of Opportunity with no restriction on nationality for commercial or institutional customers.

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #49 on: 01/07/2022 04:05 pm »

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« Reply #50 on: 06/27/2022 03:44 pm »
Any recent news?
The knowledge is power...Everything is connected...
The Turtle continues at a steady pace ...

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #51 on: 09/15/2022 10:28 am »
https://twitter.com/andrewparsonson/status/1570328144871137280

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These stunning new renders of @esa_SpaceRider were recently shared by the agency's Director of Space Transportation Daniel Neuenschwander. I can't wait for the maiden launch.

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« Reply #52 on: 09/15/2022 10:30 am »
From couple of months ago:

https://twitter.com/andrewparsonson/status/1551447284071686144

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I am away for a much-needed week-long vacation. So, this week I've set up a few automated posts with some of my old infographics with updated info, starting with @esa_SpaceRider. The graphic has the updated maiden launch date and a new section outlining its current status.

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« Reply #53 on: 09/15/2022 10:56 am »
Wait until you see the video ! I was 10 when Hermes was canned late 1992, in those pre Internet days I learned it only much later and was crushed.



And now it has returned. Even if smaller and unmanned, I don't care. The legacy is there, only took 30 years.

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« Reply #54 on: 11/15/2022 02:44 pm »

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« Reply #55 on: 11/15/2022 04:08 pm »
Very obviously has military applications. Especially with mention of its earth observation capabilities as needed.

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« Reply #56 on: 11/16/2022 09:09 pm »
To orbit and back with Space Rider

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Europe’s bid to deliver a return-to-Earth service for in-orbit transportation and research projects is rapidly taking shape, with teams working on the Space Rider spacecraft gearing up for a series of drop tests in 2023. Drop tests with small-scale models will be followed by a full-scale test in anticipation of inaugural flight towards the end of 2024.

Engineering teams recently concluded the project’s critical design review and expect to consolidate the design early in 2023. Work is also underway to finalise selection of payloads that will fly on the first flight.

The reusable Space Rider will be a so-called lifting body vehicle, about the size of two minivans. It is designed to land with 150m accuracy under a steerable parachute known as a parafoil, which will be the subject of some of the upcoming drop tests. Launch will be by the Vega-C rocket, which completed its inaugural flight in July 2022 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. 

Image credit: ESA

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« Reply #57 on: 07/29/2023 10:06 am »
https://twitter.com/esa/status/1685228793286324224

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✅ #ICYMI #SpaceRider, our reusable space vehicle, got a thumbs up to move into Phase D of development: building and testing 👍

🔗 @esa_transport @ESA_Tech

https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Space_Rider/Space_Rider_enters_phase_D_for_drop_tests

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Space Rider enters phase D for drop tests

28/07/2023

ESA / Enabling & Support / Space Transportation / Space Rider

In brief

Last month ESA’s reusable space vehicle got a thumbs up to move into phase D of development: building and testing.

In-depth

Space Rider is an uncrewed robotic laboratory about the size of two minivans that can stay in orbit for two months. It comes in two parts, the orbital module that supplies everything the spacecraft needs to fly around our planet and a reentry module that allows Space Rider and its experiments to return to Earth.

The orbital module is an extension to the Vega-C launcher fourth stage that will guarantee power supply, orbital manoeuvring, and attitude control. The reentry module is the part of the vehicle that houses experiments and provides protection from the intensive heat that occurs entering Earth's atmosphere as well as the landing system.

The review last month gives the final go-ahead for Space Rider programme to build the elements of the spacecraft as well as start intensive tests to qualify how the spacecraft will fly, return to Earth, and land. Qualification models of several units and systems have been already delivered and upon successful test campaigns, flight models will be authorised for manufacturing.

Every way the wind blows

Space Rider uses a novel technique for braking from its orbital speeds of 28 800 km/h to a soft landing on a runway to be built at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Coming out of the supersonic speeds, at about 5 km from the landing strip Space Rider will release a parafoil and steer itself automatically to a soft landing.

Tests on a smaller parafoil will start this month to prepare for a full-scale test later this year using a 70 m2 parafoil. The smaller tests will allow engineers to tweak the algorithms that will pilot the spacecraft using winches to pull and release the canopy – just like a human parapente pilot does.

Nobody controls the weather, and more tests are set for next year under the worst possible conditions. The system drop test will put all the elements together and see how the landing system, software and parafoil work together for a gentle touchdown regardless of wind.

The landing gear itself is also novel, Space Rider will feature a wheel at the front and two skids at the back, this design is better for the stability in case of crosswinds at landing and as the skids are flatter than wheels it allows more room inside Space Rider for the experiments.

“Moving to Phase D in development is a milestone for all spaceflight projects, and the Space Rider team is looking forward to putting our theory into practice on this unique project,” says Dante Galli, Space Rider programme manager.
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« Reply #58 on: 07/29/2023 06:55 pm »
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« Reply #59 on: 07/30/2023 07:26 am »
The Gemini paraglider lives on!

« Last Edit: 07/30/2023 07:29 am by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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« Reply #60 on: 07/30/2023 06:48 pm »
https://twitter.com/esa/status/1685228793286324224

Doesn't look like the future to me :-\.
Better than landing a capsule in sea under parachute that is at mercy of wind.

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« Reply #61 on: 08/01/2023 05:50 pm »
https://twitter.com/esa/status/1685228793286324224

Doesn't look like the future to me :-\.

It may be (too) long overdue, but a european return capability is certainly good to have, particularly for military technological demonstration. And who knows, if Space manufacturing ever turns out profitable Europe will have some transportation method between Space Ride/REV-1 and whatever  The exploration company will do.

Of course, this landing method can’t be scaled up too much.. X-38 was a bit over twice heavier and highlighted parafoil landing challenges.

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« Reply #62 on: 08/08/2023 06:53 am »

Doesn't look like the future to me :-\.

What's the issue with it, in your view?

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Re: Space Rider
« Reply #63 on: 08/27/2023 06:16 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1695861591424573760

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An update on ESA’s Space Rider program, which has now begun its validation and testing phase ahead of an expected launch in 2025. 

Space Rider's Program Manager spoke with NSF's Bella (@bellaa_richards) to update on the program’s status:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/08/space-rider-update/

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« Reply #64 on: 12/26/2023 05:03 pm »
Space Rider Completes Initial Ground Segment Testing (European Spaceflight)

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Teams from Telespazio, ALTEC, and Thales Alenia Space have successfully completed the first ground segment tests for the European Space Agency’s reusable Space Rider spacecraft.

ESA’s Space Rider likely to launch third quarter of 2025, program manager says (NASASpaceflight.com)

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Space Rider was initially scheduled to complete its maiden flight in 2023, however, several delays have pushed the date back. According to Galli, the new target date is now the third quarter of 2025.


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« Reply #65 on: 02/02/2024 08:40 am »
Space Rider spacecraft user guide update

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The new version of the Space Rider user guide collects all the updates since the project passed its critical design review last year, the final step before moving to production.

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The Space Rider manual provides an overview of the vehicle, its services and various mission scenarios. The manual gives users high-level knowledge and allows potential future users to plan for commercial mission opportunities. It is available to download, print and archive for anyone who wants to use the spacecraft in the future, or even if you just want to say you’ve read a spacecraft manual.

The document ends with details on the vehicle and technical aspects for the payloads.

 

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