Airbus SpacePlane Demonstrator


In 2012, HOPE Technik stood out from the big boys to clinch a deal with French aerospace giant Airbus Defence and Space to develop a SpacePlane demonstrator. The SpacePlane, a revolutionary vehicle able to jet off to an altitude of 100km into space, can give more people an opportunity to experience firsthand the wonders of space. Under the agreement, engineers at HOPE Technik designed and manufactured the demonstrator plane’s airframe, avionics and user interface, to allow the testing of the aircraft’s aerodynamics and software systems.

The composite-bodied demonstrator measures 4.6m long, 1.5m tall and has a wingspan of 4m. To ensure that the prototype is operationally ready for its test, every part of the plane had to go through numerous rounds of measurements and testing with absolute precision.

After 27 months of long hours and hard work, the SpacePlane demonstrator was finally launched successfully in May 2014. The tests, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, took place 100 kilometers off the coast of Singapore and involved a fleet of seven ships. The demonstrator validated the dynamic flight conditions encountered in the end-of-flight phase following a return from space.

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