Accession Number : ADA527495


Title :   Potential Demand for Orbital Space Tourism Opportunities Made Available via Reusable Rocket and Hypersonic Architectures


Descriptive Note : Technical paper


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA PROPULSION DIRECTORATE


Personal Author(s) : Kothari, Ajay P ; Webber, Derek


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a527495.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 16


Abstract : This paper looks at the likely demands for orbital space tourism at a range of price levels significantly lower than those currently being offered via the Russian Soyuz vehicles, and explores the extent to which vehicle architectures can be developed which would make such price levels achievable. Conclusions are provided by identifying two such vehicle architectures which therefore represents a sweet spot where supply and demand for orbital trips would balance, and where therefore a commercial business could be developed to augment any governmental uses for such vehicles. The vehicles which emerge from the study are Two-Stage-to-Orbit, fully reusable transportation systems using rockets and hypersonic RBCC.


Descriptors :   *REUSABLE EQUIPMENT , *SPACECRAFT , *ROCKETS , HYPERSONIC CHARACTERISTICS , TRANSPORTATION , COMMERCE


Subject Categories : Manned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE