Mid-Term meeting, December 3th 2021

Once the first half of the project was completed, the mid-term meeting was organized to present the latest results and conclusions obtained in each field of the project. The objective of the session was to provide not only an overview of the work done and the objectives achieved so far, but also to discuss those aspects that need to be reconsidered. The meeting was hosted by Toseda, who organized and coordinated the session.

International Astronautical Congress 2021, Dubai

Pangea Aerospace presented a paper called ‘A novel design approach for a reusable VTOL Micro Launch vehicle’ about the current progress of the RRTB project at the International Astronautical Congress 2021 in Dubai. Thanks to all the partners of the project Elecnor Deimos, Technical University of Munich, Thales Alenia Space, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, RWTH Aachen University, Heron Engineering and Toseda.

Drop test, October 2021

Last October, Pangea Aerospace performed two 1 km drop tests of its prototype landing system at Esrange, Sweden. Although these tests were not conducted within the framework of the RRTB project, the corresponding data collected have not only been of great value for the company’s future developments in recovery and reusability, but also for the future of the RRTB project, which has been positively affected. Thanks to this, the feasibility of some of the landing system configurations considered within the RRTB has been evaluated in an operational environment, which has made it possible to detect and rethink certain aspects of the design and make the system more effective and efficient.

Guidance Navigation and Control outputs session first iteration (GNC1), July 22th 2021

In July 22nd 2021, the Technische Universität München (TUM) hosted the GNC1 session in which Von Karman Institute, Deimos Space and Pangea Aerospace participated. This meeting was the end of the first GNC loop and it was aimed at analyzing and consolidating the results of the performance, stability and controllability analysis of the landing system, as well as the first re-entry simulation of the vehicle.

Structural requirements and design first iteration (DS3), April 21th 2021

The DS3 was hosted by RWTH University on April 21st 2021. The meeting was aimed at presenting the structural analysis of the MESO rocket first stage and cryogenic tanks, as well as the flight dynamics and vehicle configuration during landing phase. The main objective of the session was to obtain feedback about the topics stated above and get agreements especially at system and tanks structural level.

Mission engineering outputs session first iteration (DS2), October 26th and 27th 2020

The DS2 of the RRTB project took place in October 2020 in a two-day session hosted by Deimos Space. The main purpose of the first meeting was to present the last advances and results obtained up to date, especially about System/Subsystem Architectural Design and Top-Level Requirements and Aeroshape and Preliminary Aerodynamics work, focusing on the MESO architecture, aeroshape, GNC and mission. The consolidation of these key aspects of the vehicle design allowed to continue the aerodynamic studies of and Aeroshape and Preliminary Aerodynamics as well as to start the structural and tanks related-activities within work packages 7 and 8.

Concept design session (DS1), April 16th and 28th 2020

Pangea Aerospace organized the DS1 of the RRTB project in April 2020. It was a two-day session where the explored system concept and mission concept were presented and discussed. The first meeting was focused on debating about the performed studies and considered options, while the aim of the second one was to consolidate the most interesting concepts and select the most suitable ones. The conclusions obtained during the DS1 have been the bases for further progress towards the in-depth definition of the MESO launch vehicle system and mission. Due to the covid-19 worldwide pandemic situation, the DS1 was held by videoconference.

Pangea Aerospace, Barcelona, February 7th 2020

The Kick-Off meeting of RRTB project took place on February 7 th 2020 hosted by Pangea Aerospace in Barcelona. During the one-day meeting, the latest advancements of the MESO launch vehicle and its re-entry and landing technologies were presented to the partners. The second part of the meeting was focused on the presentations from the leaders of each Work-Package.
The next session will be held again in Barcelona on April 16 th 2020.