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- Hydrogen, RP-1, propane, and methane were identified by propulsion technology studies as the most probable fuel candidates for the boost phase of future launch vehicles. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of booster engines using these fuels and coolant variations on representative future launch vehicles. An automated procedure for integrated launch vehicle, engine sizing, and design optimization was used to optimize two stage and single stage concepts for minimum dry weight. The two stage vehicles were unmanned and used a flyback booster and partially reusable orbiter. The single stage designs were fully reusable, manned flyback vehicles. Comparisons of these vehicle designs, showing the effects of using different fuels, as well as sensitivity and trending data, are presented. In addition, the automated design technique is described.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19900019319.
Accession ID: 90N28635.
NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Advanced Earth-to-Orbit Propulsion Technology 1988, Volume 1; p 389-413.
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