This phase of the programme involves the forward looking intellectual heavy lifting and small scale testing. It is an ideal project phase for students and enthusiasts to get involved and require a limited investment of work and time.
It requires the launch of smaller rockets that can be student built while the students will also learn organizational skills. All these little efforts are directly tied into aspects for building the demonstrator and eventual full scale vehicle: The MARVEL DSRB. In this phase we mainly study and retire risks and challenges concerning:
The starting point is this 1 meter tall design:
It includes auto-stabilization features in case of loss of the active-stabilization fins. After staging, the upper part must rely on active stabilization. This is a unique little challenge for trajectory control. But… Arduino/Raspberry Pi skills ‘might’ suffice for the smaller vehicles. Do you dare to give it a try? Or… can you build a European subscale reusable lander, like some companies across the ocean are already doing?
The larger versions will grow up to a size of 3 meters. Sub scale but supersonic.