The ARS Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane

Spaceplane concept supports optical systems research and advanced simulation capability

The ARS Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane is the first modular HTHL spaceplane with integrated autonomous systems to be developed commercially. For nearly two decades the Ramstar Spaceplane has been studied and data has been applied to a broad range of engineering, flight dynamics and space environmental studies. The new flight simulator in development includes modular architectures to model mission concepts, create new business models and evaluate new technologies from a variety of sources.

Above: The Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane was derived from a hypersonic UAV designed to operate from aircraft carriers (Menges, 1995. Rendering my C. Moore).

The ARS Optron™ is a device that simulates an artificial neuron controlled optronic circuit cutting across digital technology, optical systems and neuroengineering. The breakthrough device creates a hardened component with the capabilities of a digital logic circuit and robust performance of an optical system. T The radiation hard devices provide an architecture with an innovative approach to reliability and redundancy.

The ARS Ramstar is the first modular HTHL integrated autonomous systems systems to be developed commercially.

The unique, robust airframe model incorporates ARS' proprietary dynamic adaptive structures to fly at the edge of space across oceans or to orbits above the debris fields. The Ramstar Virtual Model is being used to simulate spaceplane systems for a broad range of missions as the an advanced technology demonstrator. The Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane Engineering and Virtual Reality Simulator offers the first optronics based Synthetic Space Laboratory™ in the private sector.

The Ramstar STO Concept

The original ARS Ramstar UAV concept was investigated as a reusable single stage to orbit (STO) supporting payloads in the 5000 kg range.

The robust titanium airframe was integrated with smart skins that provided health-monitoring, frequency variable surfaces and reduced drag and cooled the skin at high-speeds. The concept was to include the developmental hypersonic wave engine first designed by Dr. P. Menges during her doctoral program.

New interest in the hypersonic wave engine (HWE) that was designed and tested at the component level, has reignited the potential for STO commercial horizontal launch systems.

The HWE and the Ramstar are planned to progress as a simultaneous development program with STO propulsion systems possible in the five to ten year time frame. The two-stage to orbit vehicle is the first to be completed and will continue engineering and design programs within the new spaceplane simulation lab.
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