2014 年 80 巻 818 号 p. TRANS0287
A single-stage launch vehicle with hybrid rocket engine has been conceptually designed by using design informatics, which has three points of view, i.e., problem definition, optimization, and data mining. The primary objective of the present design is that the down range and the duration time in the lower thermosphere are sufficiently obtained for the aurora scientific observation, whereas the initial gross weight is held down to the extent possible. The multidisciplinary design optimization was performed by using a hybrid evolutionary computation. Data mining was also implemented by using a self-organizing map and the stratum-type association analysis. Polypropylene and liquid oxygen with swirling flow are adopted as solid fuel and liquid oxidizer, respectively. The condition of single-time ignition is assumed in flight sequence. Consequently, the design information regarding the tradeoffs and the implication of the design variables for the objective functions has been obtained in order to quantitatively differentiate the advantage of hybrid rocket engine.