Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training

Commitment 3 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
User Ratings Average User Rating 4.8 See what learners said
Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training provides the practical knowledge to understand the issues of costs, performance, technology, operation, and utility of reusable launch systems. The seminar is designed for engineers, decision-makers, and managers of current and future projects needing a better understanding of the complex issues involved in the optimization of reusable launch vehicles. The Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training seminar describes the choices and consequences of options facing those seeking to improve space transportation through decreased dependence on expanding launch vehicle hardware. You will learn a wide spectrum of problems and solutions to reusable launch vehicle technology and how the choices stack up against current expendable vehicle systems.

The Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training seminar is taught from the point-of-view of reusable launch vehicle decision-makers. What do you need to know to achieve a practical and cost-effective reusable launch vehicle, given performance reliability, safety, and cost trade-offs? What do you need to know to make the proper decisions from propellant selection and architecture to the level of new technology needed to achieve the desired degree of success? The similarities and differences between expendable and reusable vehicle systems, design, and performance are compared and explained to help understand the optimum launch vehicle design.

  • 3 days of Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training with an expert instructor
  • Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Modeling Reusable Launch Vehicles, and how they differ from Expendable Vehicles.
  • Tradeoffs in performance, cost, reliability, safety, and utility
  • The business justification for next generation reusable launch vehicles
  • Technology, design, development, production, and operations decisions
  • Working with a large reusable launch vehicle design team
  • We can adapt this Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training course:

  • Reusable Launch Vehicle Project Designers, Managers, and Decision-makers.
  • Commercial and Government sponsors of Reusable Launch Vehicles.
  • Modelers or simulation analysts for RLV technology Projects.
  • RLV Technology specialist needing a broader understanding of the “Big Picture”

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable course are:

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  1. Introduction to Launch Vehicle Technology. Understanding the basic physics and chemistry of rocket propulsion, rocket flight through the atmosphere to a vacuum, achieving a proper orbit, and useful orbits for Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) operations.
  2. Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV) as the Baseline for RLV Technology. Examining elements of a Launch Vehicle including main propulsion, propellant tanks, structures, and avionics. Understanding how and why ELV Systems Remain Dominant, and why ELV Systems are so expensive. Staging theory was introduced.
  3. Unique RLV Systems. Introducing the reentry, recovery, and landing of reusable vehicles. Evaluating the impact of reuse on the design.
  4. Propellant Selection as Technology and Performance Drivers. Comparing the performance of alternative propellants and modeling the impact of propellant density. Trade study comparative algorithms, and the main propulsion selection criteria. Critical engine selection issues, augmentation propulsion, and on-orbit propellants (OMS, RCS, and ACS) are discussed.
  5. Mass Properties and Scaling Issues. Examining the importance of vehicle size, and the propellant selection, on launch vehicle mass properties. Mass properties as drivers for cost models
  6. Basic modeling of RLV systems and simplifying assumptions. Introducing integrated comparative models, performance models, cost models, and simulations. Launch Vehicle Systems – Reusable Training
  7. Business Models and Business Case Closure. The time value of money, commercial business Government project criteria, and why business closure is so difficult
  8. Operational Issues and the Turn-Around Process. Modeling the turn-around process, ramping up, and fixed costs and variable costs.
  9. Performance Differences between ELV and RLV Systems. Mass ratio impacts the scale and orbital limitations of RLV Systems.
  10. The SSTO vs. TSTO Decisions. Mass Properties and operational differences and issues between an SSTO and a TSTO.
  11. Reliability Issues with RLV Systems. Introducing basic reliability analysis, failure rates, and catastrophic failures. Understanding reliability’s impact on operations. Examine the flight environment and reliability. Why are RLVs More Reliable Than ELVs? Observing unknown unknowns, the big reliability wild card. Why the Space Shuttle and Saturn Were Particularly Reliable? Introducing engine reliability strategies for RLV systems.
  12. Practical Engine Selection Issues. Existing Engines or a Clean Sheet? Choosing between performance and robust engines. Thrust-to-weight comparisons. Observing the reliability of engines, at different power levels.
  13. OMS and RCS issues for RLV technology. Explore OMS and RCS functions, including existing toxic propellants and operations efforts. Non-toxic alternatives. Choosing wisely.
  14. Safety Issues and the RLV. Understanding the relationship between Safety and Reliability. Range safety, crew safety, and regulation of flying vehicles
  15. Launch site selection issues for RLV Systems, including inland launch sites. Understanding the impact of selected latitude, altitude, local weather, and logistics on the overall system performance and operations.
  16. Mixed Expendable and Reusable Decisions. Examining the Space Shuttle example of a mixed vehicle. Expendable propulsion augmentation, and expendable tanks, on reusable vehicles. Testing the limit of reusability.
  17. Risk Issues and Risk Reduction. Analyzing why launch vehicle projects fail, evaluating the project’s technical and financial risks, and modeling for realism.
  18. Opportunities For Revolutionary RLV Technology, including where to start and what technologies are critical.
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