Conceptual study of an airbreathing reusable launch vehicle

Shinei Takahashi, Kazuhide Mizobata, Keisuke Sawada

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A conceptual study of Japan’s unmanned twostage-to-orbit (TSTO) reusable launch vehicle is performed. The first stage of the vehicle has a wing-body configuration and air-breathing engines as a propulsion system. The second stage is rocket-powered and is mounted under the fuselage of the first stage. The assumed mission is to deliver a 2 ton payload to 300 km circular orbit at various inclination angles. The geographical advantages of Japan, being surrounded by sea and her territory stretched into the north-easterly direction, in choosing the launch, landing, and the emergency landing sites are discussed. The method of staging separation is also described.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1
Event35th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1997 - Reno, United States
Duration: 1997 Jan 61997 Jan 9


Other35th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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