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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

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)

Orbspace Aron Lentsch
Austria
EU contribution
€ 382 658
Address
Frauenkirchnerstrasse 1
7141 Podersdorf Am See
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aron Lentsch (Mr.)
DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 575 760
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)
Administrative Contact
Laurence Mégret (Ms.)
CFS ENGINEERING SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 92 000
Address
Epfl Innovation Park Batiment A
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan B. Vos (Dr.)
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 307 950
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Formisano (Mr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 329 467
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karim Ayadi (Mr.)
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 428 315
Address
Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mats Dalenbring (Dr.)
SVENSKA RYMDAKTIEBOLAGET

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 15 492
Address
Torggatan 15
171 04 Solna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mattias Abrahamsson (Mr.)
AI: Aerospace Innovation GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 768 784
Address
Winterfeldtstr. 97
10777 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harry Adirim (Dr.)
Astos Solutions GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 197 852
Address
Meitnestr. 8
70563 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Wiegand (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 148 250
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simone Ludwig (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 152 000
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrick Hendrick (Prof.)
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AERONAUTIQUE ASBL - CENAERO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 108 500
Address
Batiment Eole, 1Er Étage - Rue Des Frères Wright 29
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Nawrocki (Dr.)
AIRBUS DS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 52 400
Address
Robert Koch Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Starke (Mr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 124 582
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Goulon (Mr.)
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 77 000
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Olivier Chazot (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 94 556
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tanja Masson-Zwaan (Ms.)