Apollo Lightcraft project
- Cross, David P.
- JAN 1, 1987.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Myrabo, Leik N., Morales, Ciro, Moder, Jeffrey P., Mitty, Todd J., Hill, Stephen C., Blandino, John S., Frazier, Scott R., Nyberg, Gregory A., and Borkowski, Chris A.
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available. and Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- The detailed design of a beam-powered transatmospheric vehicle, the Apollo Lightcraft, was selected as the project for the design course. The principal goal is to reduce the LEO payload delivery cost by at least three orders of magnitude below the Space Shuttle Orbiter in the post 2020 era. The completely reusable, single-stage-to-orbit shuttlecraft will take off and land vertically, and have a reentry heat shield integrated with its lower surface. At appropriate points along the launch trajectory, the combined cycle propulsion system will transition through three or four airbreathing modes, and finally use a pure rocket mode for orbital insertion. The objective for the Spring semester propulsion source was to design and perform a detailed theoretical analysis on an advanced combined-cycle engine suitable for the Apollo Lightcraft. The preliminary theoretical analysis of this combined-cycle engine is now completed, and the acceleration performance along representative orbital trajectories was simulated. The total round trip cost is $3430 or $686 per person. This represents a payload delivery cost of $3.11/lb, which is a factor of 1000 below the STS. The Apollo Lightcraft concept is now ready for a more detailed investigation during the Fall semester Transatmosphere Vehicle Design course.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19880009231., Accession ID: 88N18615., NASA-CR-182575., and NAS 1.26:182575.
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