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ARS Space Systems Group:
Building the Private Sector of Commercial Space

For twenty-five years, Aerospace Research Systems (ARS) has developed systems and technologies for sustainable solutions for Earth and space.  

The primary barriers to the development of commercial space exploration have been dependence on government sponsored programs. Competence, scientific rigor and education are central to removing barriers and moving commercial space exploration to independent and sustainable activities.

ARS Space Systems Group is a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists with a distinguished background in flight dynamics, systems engineering, materials, propulsion and power, and operations. It has been recognized for developing revolutionary technologies including a new class of functional structures, modular spaceplane systems, power storage technology, hypersonic wave engines and a founding entity in the new field of neural technology.

Nearly 20 years ago, the ARS created the Advanced Vehicle Systems Laboratory and today is expanding to dedicated flight operations with ground testing and advanced simulation projects. [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 Model is being used to simulate spaceplane systems for a broad range of missions. Advanced technology demonstrator: Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane Engineering and Virtual Reality Simulator.

Commercial space exploration

From imaging services to space research, commercial space has been founded on improving access, expanding opportunities and extending exploration. Changes in perspective and the recognition of economic benefits from space are creating not just new opportunities, but new methods and technologies.

Moving beyond government sponsored programs and architectures is the most significant advancement in human space. We are at the dawn of a new era in space and ARS has created many of the infrastructures and supporting technologies to establish it as a sustainable space leader. ARS is uniquely positioned to develop and build new space systems. Our associates are imminently qualified to advance the most sophisticated space science and engineering efforts.

 


ARS modular orbital spaceplane as virtual laboratory establishes a new class of intelligent systems integration

The Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane is the first privately funded orbital launch system envisioned to provide the greatest level of sustainability and reliability with the most cost effective operational systems. The unique modular design allows for human crews and autonomous flight with rapid turn around. Described by Matthew Bentley in Spaceplanes: From Airport to Spaceport, it is one of the first vehicles to utilize the Artificial Neural Membrane or ANM Technology. The new technology designed to support health-monitoring and control of the Ramstar through the entire flight envelope has advanced one of the most complete simulations of a transatmospheric vehicle (TAV). The Ramstar Spaceplane Simulator is in its final stage of development and will be used to evaluate proprietary systems developed by ARS and study a variety of mission scenarios and system architectures for HTHL vehicles.


Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane Engineering and Virtual Reality Simulator offers a unique open architecture environment to evaluate software and hardware. The resident computing environment is Linux based with proprietary optronic and phontonic systems. The new completed simulator is slated to be on-line in January 2019.

Simulation model specifications:

Length: 18.9 m [62 ft.]/29.0 m [88.4 ft.] Wingspan: 6.59 m/12.8 m (Model Mark 8/Model Mark 8.2) Height: 7.0 m/8.2m Total payload: 25,000 lb Propulsion (two-stage/three-stage): Reusable boosters, 2 turbojet engines; Orbital maneuvering rear pods with 4 thrusters each, 4 front thrusters and 2 vectoring thrusters Power: Two APUs, Star Sailor Power solar power unit, Star Sailor Power Energy Storage Module and fuel cell. Robot Arm: Rail deployable Star Sailor Power AutoBot Arm Maximum orbit: 1287 kl./800 mi. Launch: HTHL

 

Autonomous Planetary Drone Network

The ARS ANM micro-aerial vehicle (MAV) network is visualized to create a network for remote sensing, communications and local positioning systems. The modular, redundant architecture provides a fault tolerant system for planetary exploration and surveillance.

Left: Biomimetic thin film MAV's supporting remote sensing and the formation of a delay tolerant network (DTN).


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