Technische Universität Dresden
Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Christian Bach
Marschnerstr. 32
01307 Dresden

Phone: +49 (351) 463-38097
Fax: +49 (351) 463-38125


The purpose of the ASCenSIon project is to develop a programme that focuses on several specific areas of cutting edge space access research, particularly on launcher systems that are (partially) reusable and capable of injecting multiple payloads into multiple orbits. More than providing design concepts, the network aims to identify and advance critical technologies to prove a feasibility of these concepts.

Specific research objectives:

  • Developing 10 novel tools to be integrated in multi-disciplinary codes for advanced launcher design
  • Advancing the TRL of critical RLV technologies
  • Enabling upper stages for multiple payloads / orbits injections
  • Educate and foster 15 excellent ESRs

Fields of research and training include:

  • Propulsion technologies and their reusability
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC)
  • Aero-thermo-dynamics of re-entry and safe disposal

Funding and Coordination

Also see our profile at CORDIS.

The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860956.

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