The Challenge of New Launchers: What Technology, What For?
Today Ariane 6 is on track with the ambitious chalenge to reduce drastically the launch cost in order to be competitive toward competitors. But because competition is moving quicker than before, the futur of launchers has to be prepared with even more challenging price target, i;e half of A6 for its succesor. For alternative markets like micro or nano launchers the objective in term of cost reduction is even worse and alsmost equivalent to what we got for constelation satelitte! We are moving from performance requirement toward a more cost effective and sustainable approaches which obliges to reconsider our model of development and technological choices. Approaches consisting in identifying technical capabilities and technologies required to support mission needs, needs to be completed by another approach consisting in proposing advanced technology at architecture level, integrated in a system. These new technologies, considered as game changing technologies, will permit to enhance the mission capabilities (cost and performance) if developed sufficiently earlier before the decision to launch the mission.
Authors: Guy Larnac
Conference: SAMPE Europe Conference 2016