Analysis and Parametric Assessment of Hypersonic Research Vehicle Design Reference Missions using QuickShot | SPACEWORKS ENTERPRISES, INC.

October 19, 2016
Kevin Feld
SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.

SpaceWorks developed the QuickShot tool as a new, modern analysis capability for the aerospace industry with the primary goal of a robust and flexible trajectory optimization tool. Historically, the industry has depended on legacy codes such as POST or OTIS for 3-DOF flight analysis. These programs, that date back more than 30 years, can be challenging to use and do not take advantage of the latest programming language technologies and user-interface standards. Most importantly, they do not leverage the exponentially greater computational capabilities offered by today’s multi-core GHz processors.

Typically, the conceptual design of advanced, high-speed vehicles is based on a single “sizing” mission to establish the vehicle flight environment and operating requirements. Research platforms, such as the former X-15, were required to support a variety of trajectory flight profiles. In the design phase, these trajectory profiles are represented as Design Reference Missions (DRMs) and are tailored to support testing and advancement of new technologies and capabilities.

Phoenix Integration’s ModelCenter(c) software was used to support vehicle studies for a set of DRMs and a notional high-speed platform to understand the design space and optimize vehicle design parameters. For this case study and webinar, SpaceWorks will showcase ModelCenter’s capabilities to support parametric evaluations using QuickShot(TM) across the DRM set for a notional system.

Cleared for Public Release: 88ABW-2016-4542

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