Structurization of Design Space for Launch Vehicle with Hybrid Rocket Engine Using Stratum-Type Association Analysis

  • Kazuhisa ChibaEmail author
  • Masahiro Kanazaki
  • Shin’ya Watanabe
  • Koki Kitagawa
  • Toru Shimada
Conference paper
Part of the Proceedings in Adaptation, Learning and Optimization book series (PALO, volume 1)


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 secured 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 the stratum-type association analysis. Consequently, the design information regarding the tradeoffs has been revealed. Furthermore, the hierarchical dendrogram generated by using the stratum-type association analysis indicates the structure of the design space in order to improve the objective functions. Thereupon, it has been revealed the versatility of the synthetic system as design informatics for real-world problems.


Design informatics Evolutionary computation Data mining Stratum-type association analysis Application to real-world problems Single-stage launch vehicle for scientific observation Hybrid rocket engine using solid fuel and liquid oxidizer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuhisa Chiba
    • 1
    Email author
  • Masahiro Kanazaki
    • 2
  • Shin’ya Watanabe
    • 3
  • Koki Kitagawa
    • 4
  • Toru Shimada
    • 4
  1. 1.Hokkaido University of ScienceSapporoJapan
  2. 2.Tokyo Metropolitan UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Muroran Institute of TechnologyHokkaidoJapan
  4. 4.Institute of Space and Astronautical ScienceJapan Aerospace Exploration AgencySagamiharaJapan

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