Misc: Japanese capsule return experiment + Latest Lurio Report

September 30, 2018

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September 30, 2018

A simple low cost way to send back research materials and commercial products made on a space station would be quite beneficial to LEO infrastructure. The Japanese HTV cargo vessel that just arrived at the ISS is carrying such a capsule that will be filled with such materials by the crew. When the HTV leaves the station, it will eject the capsule module, which has a heat shield to protect it during reentry and a parachute to provide a soft landing: This Small Japanese Re-Entry Capsule Is Ready for a Test Flight from Space Station

This cylindrical support (made exclusively for the HSRC) goes onto the hatch at the entry of HTV-7 spacecraft’s Pressurized Logistic Carrier (PLC) and makes sure the enclosure stays airtight when the hatch of the vehicle is left open, according to the space agency.

When HTV-7 undocks from the space station, the spacecraft will perform a deorbit burn to head toward Earth. Next, officials on Earth will command the release of HSRC from the vehicle, and the capsule will start re-entering our planet’s atmosphere. HSRC will splash down with a parachute.

See also HSRC:H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI (HTV) – International Space Station – JAXA.

HTV Small Re-Entry Capsule (HSRC) operations.


The latest issue of The Lurio Report is titled BFR Lunar Trip, Paris Notes. Vol. 13, No. 9, September 21, 2018

Charles reviews the announcement that Yusaku Maezawa has reserved a BFR trip to the Moon. The cost of development of the BFR remains hazy but that is not necessarily a bad thing:

Musk estimated the price of developing BFR at $5 billion, adding that he’d be surprised if it were under $2 billion or over $10 billion. Some took the statement of this range as evidence that SpaceX doesn’t really know what it’s doing.

I take the opposite view, and tweeted that “it’s entirely consistent with SpaceX’s additive[/iterative] learning methods. Increases my confidence.”

Legacy launch companies remain reluctant to move to reusable systems as seen by a panel discussion at a recent conference:

Kirk Pysher, President of International Launch Services (ILS) which (primarily) sells launches on the Russian Proton, stated that “our customers don’t care about reusability as far as [sic] their launch is on time, reliable and at the right price point.” Well, I wouldn’t care about a disposable aircraft if I could get a ticket for the same price as on a reusable one.

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