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Future High-Altitude High-Speed Transport 20XX

Future High-Altitude High-Speed Transport 20XX

Objective

The current project aims at the investigation and development of technologies and steps necessary for approaches to conquer the grey zone between aeronautics and space in Europe, and thus to set the foundation of a new paradigm for transportation in the long term. The underlying concepts considered are a) a European space plane based on an airplane launch approach to advance European know how in this area, based essentially on a ballistic flight experience using hybrid propulsion, and b) the same space plane envisioned to evolve into suborbital point-to-point long-distance transport in very short times by using high-energy propulsion. An alternative, vertically starting two-stage rocket space vehicle system concept is used to identify technologies required for suborbital ultra-fast transportation. The concepts will be addressed separately and in relation to each other as well as with those considered in other EC projects, exploiting similarities and synergies wherever possible. The concepts can be classified with near term and very long term realisation capabilities, and will be evaluated according to the maturity of underlying technology, inherent risk, sustained operations, and cost. All concepts and technologies will be considered with respect to environmental issues. Some activities concern the leagal issues and those of suitable space ports. Due to the recent agreement with Virgin Galactic, it is quite natural to consider the ESRANGE facility in Sweden an excellent candidate for a starting place of experimental high-altitude high-speed flights.
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Address

24 Rue Du General Bertrand
75007 Paris

France

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 266 582

Administrative Contact

Rafael Molina (Mr.)

Participants (16)

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Orbspace Aron Lentsch

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 382 658

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 575 760

CFS ENGINEERING SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 92 000

CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 307 950

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 329 467

TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 428 315

SWEDISH SPACE CORPORATION

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 15 492

AI: Aerospace Innovation GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 768 784

Astos Solutions GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 197 852

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 148 250

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 152 000

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AERONAUTIQUE ASBL - CENAERO

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 108 500

AIRBUS DS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 52 400

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France

EU Contribution

€ 124 582

INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 77 000

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 94 556

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233816

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 232 645,54

  • EU contribution

    € 5 122 148

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

France