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An Accessible Architecture for Affordable Access to Space

Abstract A design methodology for a new breed of launch vehicle capable of lofting small satellites to orbit is discussed. The growing need for such a rocket is great: the United States has no capabilities in place to quickly launch and reconstitute satellite constellations. A loss of just one satellite, natural or induced, could significantly degrade or entirely eliminate critical space-based assets which would need to be quickly replaced. Furthermore a rocket capable of meeting the requirements for operationally responsive space missions would be an ideal launch platform for small commercial satellites. The proposed architecture to alleviate this lack of an affordable dedicated small-satellite launch vehicle relies upon a combination of expendable... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Villarreal, James Kendall (Author) / Squires, Kyle (Advisor) / Lee, Taewoo (Committee member) / Shankar, Praveen (Committee member) / Sharp, Thomas (Committee member) / Wells, Valana (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Aerospace engineering
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 202 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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