ARSi Space: The Future of Fast Launch Technology™
Spaceplane Engineering Group
Ramstar orbital spaceplane integrates a new class of intelligent materials, establishing a new level of sustainability in reusable launch systems and leadership Fast Launch Technology™
The Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane is the first privately funded orbital launch system envisioned to provide the greatest level of sustainability and reliability with cost effective operations. ARSi Space's Fast Launch Technology™ is the future of launch systems. Combining horizontal launch with Fast Launch™.
The unique modular design allows for human crews and autonomous flight including as a Reusable Fast Launch Vehicle™ (RFLV™) with a turn around time within days, instead of weeks. Described by Matthew Bentley in Spaceplanes: From Airport to Spaceport, it is one of the first vehicles to utilize a modular architecture supported by neuromorphic systems. The new technology supports health-monitoring and control of the Ramstar through the entire flight envelope and is one of the most studied transatmospheric vehicles (TAV).
Ramstar Mark 8 and Mark 8.2 Initial design specifications:
Length: 18.9 m [62 ft.]/29.0 m [88.4 ft.]
Wingspan: 6.59 m/12.8 m (Model Mark 8/Model Mark 8.2)
Height: 7.0 m/8.2m
Total payload: 52,000 kg/88,000kg (manned/unmanned (Mark 8.2)
Propulsion (two-stage and three-stage to orbit):
Reusable boosters. 2 on-board turbojet engines.
Orbital maneuvering rear pods with 4 thrusters each, 4 front thrusters and
2 vectoring thrusters
Power: Two APUs, Star Sailor Power's patented solar power unit and intelligent Energy Storage Module (iESM).
Robot Arm: Rail deployable
Maximum sustained mission orbit: 1287 kl./800 mi. (MEO), delivery to GEO, lunar or planetary missions with payload assist module type motor.
Launch: 2-stage or 3-stage (orbit dependant)
The video is an animation of a high angle-of-attack (AOA) launch booster separation. Animation by C. Moore. Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane Engineering and Virtual Reality Simulator offers a unique open architecture environment to evaluate devices and systems. The Ramstar Spaceplane Simulator is used to evaluate space systems and study a variety of mission scenarios and system architectures for HTHL vehicles.
The “intelligent” integration of materials and instrumentation coupled with innovative neuromorphic systems offers advantages in vehicle design from the vehicle’s inception through flight testing and its entire operational life. “The exploitation of multifunctional smart structures in the integration of complex systems has proven to be efficient and reliable. The modular, open architecture approach to design creates a vehicle as an evolutionary work. The potential for changing the fundamental paradigm in vehicle engineering creates substantial opportunities for the development of intelligent systems and integrating technologies as a longitudinal process. Future spacecraft will no longer be obsolete by the time they enter service. Modular systems can be maintained, up-graded and re-manufactured to meet new mission requirements, improve payload integration, operations and safety.” From chapter on “Emerging Technologies,” Space Systems and Infrastructures by Dr. P. A. Menges and Copyright © 2005/2023 P. A. Menges, The Commercial Astronaut Handbook.