Status Report

Reusable Rocket Vehicle Test (RVT)

By SpaceRef Editor
July 5, 2001
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has conducted second flight test campaign of reusable rocket vehicle test
(RVT) since 9. to 26. June at ISAS’s Noshiro Testing Center in the northern
part of Japan main island.

The test was completed after the three successive lift-off and vertical
landing flights for demonstration of vertical landing, repeated flight
capabilities and turnaround characteristics of liquid hydrogen-propelled
rocket vehicle.

The test vehicle was designedand built based upon studies
and considerations of general technical issues in designing a future vehicles
such as flight on demand, quick turnaround, higher performance, light
weight structures and materials and so on.

The performance of the present
test vehicle is still very limited, however, many lessons were learned
and more flight hardware oriented studies making use of repeated flight
environment will be conducted.

ISAS will do more works for the readiness
of the fully reusable launch systems.

SpaceRef staff editor.