Rocket-launching firm Ariane Group plans to bring astronauts to space on ‘Susie’.
The upper stage is called SUSI (Smart Upper Stage for Innovative Exploration) and will be mounted on the upcoming Ariane 64 rocket, which the company says will be fully reusable rockets in the coming years.
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In form of space With the community reaching out to private space stations and moon missions, Arianegroup said a flexible, reusable and modular spacecraft would be best suited to the needs of many customers. (Arianspace is the launching entity under ArianeGroup, a joint venture between Airbus and Safran.)
“Susie is a fully reusable rocket stage project,” wrote Arianegroup In September 16 release (opens in new tab), “It’s capable of going into space and completing many different types of missions there — whether automated or crewed — and coming back to Earth.”
The crewed version of Susie will carry five astronauts with an abort system designed to work at any point during the mission. Payload capacity can flex as needed for “essential missions in space,” which Arianegroup suggests will continue to grow as NASA and his companions reach for the crew Artemis Program Missions to the Moon in the coming decade.
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After the mission, Susie will return to Earth for a soft landing and resupply for future flights, as the spacecraft is fully reusable. The various missions envisaged for this include satellite servicing, building orbital facilities, dealing with space waste Or sending essential items to astronauts on deep space missions.
“This is a project built on all existing information at ArianeGroup and within European industry. It is in line with ongoing or future technological developments in the field of space transport and reuse,” said ArianeGroup’s head of strategy and innovation, Morena Bernardini. Said, in the same statement.
The company noted that Susie will be able to use multiple launchers, including the upcoming Ariane 6, which could fly by 2023. The Susie was designed for its 60-foot (12-meter) length as well as its 15-foot (five) length. -m) diameter can fit in the Ariane 6 launcher.
Further into the future, Susie fits into the vision of a reusable, modular launcher under the European Space Agency’s new European Space Transportation Solutions (NESTS) initiative, which seeks to build launchers around common building blocks to save on cost and development. does.
Based on mission needs, Arianegroup said that future missions will fly directly to space centers and then to their destination, rather than point-to-point.
Susie was unveiled International Astronaut Congress in Paris, which runs until Thursday (September 22).