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Retro Propulsion Assisted Landing Technologies

Objective

For Europe’s non-dependence, access to space is crucial. To foster the European industry competitiveness, the costs of the European launch systems need to be reduced and flexibility needs to be improved. The development of reusable launch vehicle (RLV) is currently changing the global market of space transportation systems and is promising immense cost savings. The only operational approach of RLV to date is the Vertical Take-off Vertical Landing launcher (VTVL), which is decelerating by firing its engines against the velocity vector, the so called retro propulsion. The know-how in the technologies of retro propulsion assisted landing in Europe is spares. In this project we aim to investigate and developed these technologies.

Therefore, the two main scientific and technological objectives of the RETALT project are:
• To investigate the launch system reusability technology of VTVL TSTO (Vertical Take-off Vertical Landing - Two Stage To Orbit) by applying retro propulsion combined with aerodynamic control surfaces that is currently dominating the global market.
• To investigate the launch system reusability technology of VTVL SSTO RLV (Vertical Take-off Vertical Landing - Single Stage To Orbit) applying retro propulsion for future space transportation systems.

To meet these two main project objectives of the project, described above, two reference launch vehicle configurations will be defined:
• A configuration similar to the SpaceX rocket “Falcon 9” that will be the reference for the state-of-the-art TSTO RLV.
• A configuration similar to the DC-X that will serve as a reference for a VTVL SSTO.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 157 102,50

Participants (5)

ALMATECH SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 412 075
Address
Epfl Innovation Park Batiment D
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AMORIM CORK COMPOSITES SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 254 108,75
Address
Rua De Meladas 260
4536 902 Mozelos Vfr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CFS ENGINEERING SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 359 837,50
Address
Epfl Innovation Park Batiment A
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 400 950
Address
Ronda De Poniente, Edificio Fiteni Vi, 2, 2º 19
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MT AEROSPACE AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 411 885
Address
Franz Josef Strauss Strasse 5
86153 Augsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)