THE BUSINESS PLAN
THE BUSINESS PLAN
The reusable launch vehicle (RLV) concept has now been partially demonstrated for big conventional rockets, but sustainable reusability is still awaited.
The Swala RLV has sustainable reusability. This means it is able to price its payloads well below any rivals.
The Business Plan has 2 Stages:
Stage 1 at the West Wales Airport, Aberporth:
This stage uses a 1:10 scale Swala launch vehicle to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept and to provide data for a Proof of Concept document.
This will in turn, form the core of the prospectus for the IPO of Swala Aerospace plc. (See artist’s impression below)
Stage 2 at Machrihanish Airport, Campeltown, Scotland:
This is the full-scale operation using the 3km long taxiway there.
STAGE 2 COMPRISES:
- A linear motor launch track on the taxiway; a delta-winged space-plane, the Swala RLV, mounted on a carriage on this track
- A ramjet under each wing, to take it to +/- 30km and perhaps as much as Mach 5
- The ramjets are detachable and are parachuted back into the sea (as with the Space Shuttle solid fuel boosters)
- A solid fuel main motor to take it to low earth orbit and cold gas or hydrazine thrusters for precise positioning as used on the International Space Station
- The payload being placed into orbit
- Re-entry drawing on space shuttle experience, but probably using high temperature alloys in place of heat shielding because of the vehicle’s low ballistic coefficient
- Landing by gliding back onto the launch or similar carriage speeding down the linear motor track, using systems developed for autonomous landings on aircraft carriers.
The Key Financials
Construction and commissioning:
18 to 24 months
Cost per launch:
about £.5m depending on the market, with a $3 000 payload charge
(about half the current cost).
could be >30% over the first ten years.