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Hypersonic Morphing for a Cabin Escape System

Objective

Passenger safety is one of the main drivers for the development of future trans-atmospheric transportation systems. The high levels of energy associated hypersonic flights as well as the level of reliability of the enabling technology leads to the need of a passenger escape system in case of flight abort.
The implementation of a cabin escape system for a hypersonic aircraft is challenged by the integration within a larger structure, the load factors for the passengers, the ejection propulsion concept, the capability to withstand extreme thermal environment(plasma flow)and the adaptability to a wide range of abort scenario conditions (low and high speed and altitude).
This multi-phase nature of the return flight makes morphing an attractive solution for a hypersonic escape system. The abort scenarios cover a wide range of flight conditions and the integration within the mother spacecraft requires compact solutions in terms of shape (ex: capsule adapted to outer mold line). Thus a single shape cannot provide adequate performances and consequently it can be challenging (ex: load factors) for the wellness of the ordinary passengers expected in the cabin. The increase of the lifting capability after ejection of a escape capsule and the increase of aerodynamic control surfaces is a strong requirement in order to safely return to ground the crew – composed by non-trained persons.
The main goal of HYPMOCES is to investigate and develop the technologies in the area of control, structures, aerothermodynamics, mission and system required to enable the use of morphing in escape systems for hypersonic transport aircrafts. A large cabin escape system able to change its shape and automatically reconfigure during an abort event after ejection will balance the compromise between the constraints for the integration within the mother aircraft (compactness), the adaptability to the unpredicted environment in case of abort and the required flight performance to ensure safe landing.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-L0
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Address
Ronda De Poniente, Edificio Fiteni Vi, 2, 2º 19
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 180 939
Administrative Contact
Megret Laurence (Ms.)

Participants (3)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 717
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ines Sander (Ms.)
AVIOSPACE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Via Giovanni Botero 18
10122 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franco Fossati (Dr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 125 421
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Louis Forget (Mr.)