Cooperative Action Leading to Launcher
Innovation in Stage Toss back Operations
With CALLISTO, DLR engineers, in collaboration with the French space agency CNES and the Japanese space agency JAXA, are designing a demonstrator that can launch vertically and then land in the same alignment (this is referred to as vertical take-off, vertical landing (VTLT)). CALLISTO is guided using aerodynamic control surfaces during a non-powered phase, featuring a transition from supersonic to subsonic flow conditions. The engine is then reignited to decelerate the CALLISTO Vehicle.The landing system therefore absorbs the residual kinetic energy, enabling CALLISTO to perform a safe and stable landing.
Perfecting design, from flight to flight
The CALLISTO project is intended to improve the knowledge about VTLT rocket stages; it will also demonstrate technologies that are necessary to build and market such rockets. The 3.5-tonne rocket is scheduled for take-off from the spaceport in French Guiana in 2022, and additional test flights will follow. The findings from the various flight tests will be used to optimise the design of a reusable space transport system.
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