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Aurora X-Prize
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Aurora X-Prize
Aurora X-Prize
American manned spaceplane. Study 2004. X-Prize suborbital spaceplane concept of Fundamental Technology Systems, Orlando, Florida.

Status: Study 2004.

Aurora was a design of Ray Nielsen of Fundamental Technology Systems, Orlando, Florida. The rocketplane would takeoff and land horizontally from a conventional airfield. After takeoff at 204 kph the climb attitude would be continually increased to maintain subsonic flight until 18 km altitude was reached. At 24 km, and with a flight path angle nearly 75 degrees above the horizon, the engine would be commanded to 100% power. After main engine cut off Aurora would coast above 106 km. In preparation for re-entry, the pilot used an RCS to orient the spacecraft into the initial deceleration attitude, and the flight path angle was decreased until a turn-back toward the departure field could be initiated. The best glide profile was commanded until the downwind initial point for landing was achieved.



Family: Spaceplane, Suborbital. Country: USA. Agency: Fundamental Technology Systems.

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