Author Topic: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher  (Read 1535 times)

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PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« on: 02/01/2018 10:10 AM »
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IT IS OFFICIAL: @ESA awards Spainīs @PLD_Spaceīs #ARION2 proposal for a small satellite orbital #Microlauncher. #Smallsats #Spain #Technology #Science

https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/959019785567834114

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#ARION2 is a three stages #Microlauncher, designed to launch up to 150kg payload(s) around earth orbit, for #Europe and from #Europe. First stage under deep design with @esa support to be #Reusable.

https://twitter.com/PLD_Space/status/959020000110669826


(for general PLD Space info see this thread: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=37384 )
« Last Edit: 02/01/2018 03:46 PM by Lar »

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #1 on: 02/01/2018 10:17 AM »
I have already seen those grid fins somewhere.

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #2 on: 02/01/2018 10:28 AM »
I have already seen those grid fins somewhere.

The attached image also tweeted is also reminiscent of something ...

Haven't seen any info yet on how the booster will land. No sign of legs - too great a payload penalty for a small launcher? - so maybe ditching in the sea, or perhaps airbags?

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #3 on: 02/01/2018 10:34 AM »
« Last Edit: 02/01/2018 10:36 AM by jebbo »

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #4 on: 02/01/2018 11:20 AM »
My test is still running, it's been a week and counting. (I found it out three days ago)
But your getting warm https://ec.europa.eu/research/eic/index.cfm?pg=prizes
I couldn't  :-X (What moving two charicters and adding a "=" can do)
[ :-\ I ruined my own test, really bad that it takes over a week before NSF notices this. I'm really disappointed.  :P :-[

Edit: not that I can read it; Paywall  >:( SpaceIntelReport article
The ESA FLPP contract is only about 300 000 euro.

Let's add that PLDspace was awarded a SME Instrument from the EU Horizon 2020 program in 2016. That was for the Arion 1 sounding rocket. That was the first contract they got from outside of Spain.
I really fear I've exposed a lot of European startup to more competition by exposing this. That's why I keep some thing quiet.
« Last Edit: 02/02/2018 08:04 PM by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #5 on: 02/01/2018 03:54 PM »
Mid Air Recovery would be ideal for booster this size. They may need to do reentry burn.

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #6 on: 02/02/2018 05:58 AM »

The ESA FLPP contract is only about 300 000 euro.


The hype factor in this sector is insane.
« Last Edit: 02/02/2018 05:58 AM by ringsider »

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #7 on: 02/02/2018 05:29 PM »
The ESA FLPP contract is only about 300 000 euro.

The hype factor in this sector is insane.
But there is some other news_that is exiting. But nobody picked it up jet.
"yet" ... (not "jet")

perhaps you could just tell us what it is? Save the teasing for Facebook.
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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #8 on: 02/02/2018 06:28 PM »
The ESA FLPP contract is only about 300 000 euro.

The hype factor in this sector is insane.
But there is some other news_that is exiting. But nobody picked it up jet.

Clever ;o)

I saw that on Twitter a while back, but no details yet.

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #9 on: 02/02/2018 07:03 PM »
For the love of my sanity, please don't "fight club" a spaceflight forum. If you have claims, source em.

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Re: PLD Space ARION2 Microlauncher
« Reply #10 on: 02/02/2018 09:04 PM »
Picture shows undeployed grid fins and thrusters on attached interstage.

Looks like an evolvable design following the Falcon 9R path. Possibly using 3 instead of 4 (thrusters/fins/legs) to save weight.

Possibly sea landing with partial booster reuse, moving up to downrange landing for full booster reuse.

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