The first workshop on the “In-Air-Capturing” technology
and its application to future launch vehicles took place
as online conference on the 10
of February 2021.
With over 40 participants from all over the European
space sector, including attendees from ESA, the
representatives of the European Commission, several research institutes and industry, the workshop was
a big success.
The workshop meeting was an important step towards maturing the In-Air-Capturing technology and
discussing the necessary steps to implement it for future European launch vehicles. As next step, several
splinter groups will be formed that focus on different aspects of the In-Air-Capturing technology, such as
aerodynamics, structure, system and, optionally, In-Air-Capturing for Microlaunchers.
The momentum gained in the workshop shall be carried into the splinter groups to get feedback and
further discuss technical challenges and possible solutions. In combination with the research going on in
FALCon, the In-Air-Capturing technology thus can be improved and brought closer to realization.
More information (presentation and technical documentation) on "in-air-capturing" is
available for download here:
Technical Report on different RLV return modes’ Performances
In-Air-Capturing Development Roadmap (State of the Art)
Scaled Experiment Scenario Description
The workshop agenda is available for download here: Workshop_agenda.pdf