The Requirement Generation for the SKYLON Launch System

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M. Hempsell (2010), JBIS, 63, 122-128

Refcode: 2010.63.122
Keywords: SKYLON, HOTOL, payload interfaces, requirement generation,

SKYLON is a reusable single stage to orbit spaceplane intended to lower the cost of reaching space. The project has a 25 year history stretching back to the British Aerospace HOTOL study and over the many configuration iterations the performance has been established using feasibility designs, with market studies being used to establish that the resulting system has utility. In preparation for the final concept study of the D1 configuration the market and other stakeholder's requirements have been prepared as an input rather than an output to the design process. These requirements have been established from both an analysis of the existing market - as a model for the entry into service requirements - and future studies of advanced applications - as a model for the longer term requirements. The final conclusions have been incorporated into a preliminary User Manual which is the basis of a requirements' validation exercise.

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