Commercial Space Vehicle Emissions Modeling

Commercial space activity is entering a period of strong growth as operators are now regularly flying missions to the International Space Station, deploying satellites, conducting suborbital flights, and gearing up for space tourism.  While operations are currently located at just a few facilities, the number of launch sites is expected to grow.  Commercial space vehicle operations generate emissions, yet there are no formal, standardized procedures for estimating these emissions, and very limited data.  A method is needed that would allow practitioners to estimate emissions in a consistent manner, and since the FAA’s Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) is the standard model for estimating airport-related emissions, it is desirable for a method to be compatible with AEDT. The objective of this research is to develop a method to estimate emissions from commercial space vehicle operations. The method should: (1) Allow users to estimate emissions for existing and emerging commercial space vehicles, engines, and propellants; (2) Allow users to estimate emissions both below and above the mixing height; (3) Be incorporated into a simple (e.g., spreadsheet) emissions estimator tool to allow for easy estimations; and (4) Be designed with the intent to be integrated with AEDT.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $449973
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-85

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Blue Ridge Research and Consulting

    Asheville, North Carolina  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    James, Michael

  • Start Date: 20180601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41854

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01642761
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-85
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2017 1:01AM