Date of Award
Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Miltion E. Franke, PhD
The purpose of this research is to investigate the effects of staging variables on Two-Stage-To-Orbit reusable launch vehicles, specifically, the question of what measurable factors play important roles in staging performance. Three different configurations (Rocket-Rocket, Turbojet-Rocket and Turbine Based Combined Cycle-Rocket) were considered. The software, Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories (POST), was used to analyze these configurations. Vehicle coasting time, staging dynamic pressure and staging Mach number were all varied to determine their influence on the final payload.
DTIC Accession Number
Nilsen, James K., "Performance study of Staging Variable on Two-Stage-To-Orbit Reusable Launch Vehicles" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 3704.