Australian Space Port for Small Satellites: Launch Concept

Ketdam, K, Karoon-Ngampun, N and Bil, C 2019, 'Australian Space Port for Small Satellites: Launch Concept', in Proceedings of the 18th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC 2018), Melbourne, Australia, 24 - 28 February 2019, pp. 1008-1015.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Australian Space Port for Small Satellites: Launch Concept
Author(s) Ketdam, K
Karoon-Ngampun, N
Bil, C
Year 2019
Conference name AIAC 2018: Innovation within a contemporary aerospace industry
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 24 - 28 February 2019
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 18th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC 2018)
Publisher Engineers Australia, Royal Aeronautical Society
Place of publication Barton, ACT, Australia
Start page 1008
End page 1015
Total pages 8
Abstract The purpose of this study is to design a launch vehicle for small satellites with maximum commonality suitable for ground and air launch. Type of air launch operations and potential launch sites in Australia, such as Woomera and Northern Territory, were also investigated. Common rocket equation and System Tools Kits (STK) were used in design process. Launch vehicle geometry and additional features, such as strap-on boosters for ground launch were studied and compared with existing launch vehicles with similar performance. The carrier aircraft, B757-200 was selected as the carrier aircraft for air launch due to its performance and its availability on the used-aircraft market.
Subjects Satellite, Space Vehicle and Missile Design and Testing
Keyword(s) Small satellites
Air launch methods
Launch vehicle
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