Journal of Astronautics ›› 2023, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (9): 1305-1316.doi: 10.3873/j.issn.1000-1328.2023.09.004

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Research on the Concept and Evaluation Method for Reconfigurability of Launch Vehicles

ZHANG Zhi1, MA Ying2, ZHU Haiyang2, DU Haoyu2, MIAO Xinyuan2   

  1. 1. China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Beijing 100076, China
    2. Beijing Institute of Astronautical Systems Engineering, Beijing 100076, China
  • Received:2023-07-21 Revised:2023-07-30 Online:2023-09-15 Published:2023-09-15


The concept of ‘system reconfiguration’ have been widely applied in various walks of life, however there are no unified understanding about its definition, objectives and methods. Based on the definitions from some industry organized in this paper, the concept of system reconfiguration is discussed along with the concept of system. Then the concept of reconfigurable launch vehicle is discussed. The objectives of reconfigurable launch vehicle are proposed. The characteristics of reconfigurable launch vehicle are summarized. The evaluation method of launch vehicle reconfigurability is also proposed and the effectiveness of the method is validated by simulation. Finally, suggestions for follow-up work of reconfigurable launch vehicle are proposed.

Key words: Launch vehicle, System reconfiguration, Reconfigurability evaluation

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