- Published: Friday, 04 December 2015 13:30
Heliaq is pleased to announce that the Space Launcher Systems Analysis (SART) department of DLR (the German Aerospace Centre) is now collaborating with the ALV project. Specifically, DLR SART will use their vast experience in the design and analysis of future launcher system to provide technical guidance to the ALV project and to review the ALV design. Initially the collaboration would be on an informal basis, with the possibility of formal agreements in the future.
This collaboration provides the ALV project access to the professional expertise of one of the few design institutions worldwide dedicated to the design of new launch systems. DLRs guidance and review of the ALV design will bring the assurance that the ALV design is technically feasible at the end of each development phase.
Over the past 15 years DLR SART has created several innovative launch vehicle designs, including the large Liquid FlyBack Booster (LFBB) and the visionary SpaceLiner passenger transport. A necessary precondition for the development of both these concepts is the design and successful operation of small flyback boosters from which experience can be gained. DLR SART views the ALV project, and specifically the ALV-2 full-envelope test vehicle, as an interesting way to gain this experience.
The ALV-2 vehicle will provide revolutionary hypersonic test flight and micro satellite launch capability, at an extremely low cost. Although multiple small satellite vehicles are currently in development, the ALV project is the only one that uses a cost-optimised partially reusable architecture. Furthermore, the ALV project is one of only two flyback booster development projects worldwide. The other is the much larger Khrunichev Baikal booster, although the level of activity on that project currently appears to be minimal.
Further details on the ALV-2 vehicle will be released in due course.