Volume 11, 2019Progress in Propulsion Physics – Volume 11
|Page(s)||495 - 516|
|Published online||08 February 2019|
Delivering engine demonstrators for competitive evolutions of the european launchers
ESA Launchers 52 rue Jacques Hillairet, Paris 75012, France
2 ESA-ESTEC 1 Keplerlaan, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands
The year 2014 was one of achievements for the propulsion projects of the Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP). Highly relevant results were produced by hot-fire testing of three different engine demonstrators — a solid propulsion demonstrator focusing on pressure oscillations, a 5-kilonewton storable bipropellant engine, and a 25-kilonewton hybrid propulsion demonstrator. These concrete achievements were accompanied by the fast progress of a 115-kilonewton cryogenic expandercycle thrust chamber demonstrator which reached Preliminary Design Review (PDR) by end 2014, with hot-fire tests scheduled in 2017. These achievements give a solid grounding to the continuation and expansion of engine demonstrator projects at ESA Launchers.
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