Space Transportation Systems Engineering

Research

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Space Transportation Systems Engineering

Overview

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Hybrid Rocket Combustion Test

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Wind Tunnel Test Model
of Fully Reusable Launch Vehicle

The roles of Space Transportation Systems Engineering Laboratory are education and research on space transportation systems, which enable space flight from the earth to the orbit and other planets. Fully reusable launch vehicle (FRLV) is expected as a low cost and safe space transportation vehicle. However, there are many subjects to be solved, such as improvement of aerodynamic characteristics, reduction of aerodynamic heating in re-entry phase, highly efficient propulsion system, cost performance and safety. To achieve this goal, we are conducting experimental and numerical researches on the following topics; research on fuselage configuration to improve aerodynamic characteristics, active flow control for higher flight performance, film-cooling and opposing-jet for aerodynamic heating reduction, PDE(pulse detonation engine), hybrid rocket and SCRAM-jet engine for future propulsion system.
Furthermore, design method of electrical aircrafts and aerodynamic and aeroacoustic research on morphing wings are under investigation for future green aircrafts, to realize low noise, high efficiency, environmental friendly and safe flight.
The research activities cover several major academic fields related on all the flight regimes. Especially, focal aspects are aerodynamics, high temperature gas dynamics and aerothermodynamics, future engine system, reentry dynamics and high angle of attack aerodynamics.

Staff

Professor Shigeru Aso
Associate Professor Yasuhiro Tani

The Main Research Topics

  • Aerodynamic Characteristics of Reusable Launch Vehicle
  • Reduction of Aerodynamic Heating during reentry phase for RLV
  • Future Aerospace Propulsion system
  • Ecological Aircraft for Future Commuter Air Transportation
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