Space propulsion, ascent and re-entry trajectories

Space propulsion, ascent and re-entry trajectories

The theme of Ascent and re-entry systems is a relatively new research field of the department. It focuses on the characteristics and optimisation of ascent and descent trajectories as well as the design of launchers and shape of entry and re-entry vehicles. The research activities
complement and support the solar system exploration theme, such as the atmospheric entry and landing of missions to the planets. It thrives on the department’s experience of mathematical optimisation techniques and trajectory analysis. The research effort has already resulted in the first awarded contract for a PhD project. The activities in rocket design are closely related to an ambitious project initiated by an enthusiastic group of TU Delft students (DARE) for developing a simple and inexpensive ’amateur’ sounding rocket (STRATOS-2) to set an altitude record of 50 km. Eventually, this research might lead to the design and development of a small launcher for nano-satellites, which links up to research miniaturisation in Space Systems Engineering. 

ESA/Thales Alenia Space Italia IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle 

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