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Air Launch space Transportation using an Automated aircraft and an Innovative Rocket

Objective

ALTAIR’s strategic objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of a new cost effective and reliable space launch system for the access to Low-Earth Orbit (400-1000 km) of small satellites ranging from 50 to 150 kg. The ALTAIR launch system aims to be the expected answer to the needs of small satellites users, providing an affordable and adapted access to space service, without the constraints of current rideshare launch options. ALTAIR will boost space applications to the benefit of an increased spectrum of users, from classic satellite operators to academics and research centres.
To support this ambitious goal, the ALTAIR system combines an innovative semi-reusable concept and the integration of relevant technologies in all parts of the system. ALTAIR is an innovative air-launch system using a reusable unmanned aircraft carrier optimised specifically for this mission. The expendable rocket launch vehicle, which is released at high altitude, associates green propellant hybrid propulsion, lightweight composite structure, innovative avionics and a versatile upper-stage, providing mission flexibility. Cost-effective ground operations are obtained through innovative ground systems architecture.
ALTAIR will pave the way for a feasible system ready to address the market’s need through an original approach associating a cost-oriented preliminary design of the whole system (carrier vehicle, launch vehicle and ground segment) using advanced Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation techniques, and the definition of a credible development roadmap and business model, supported by market analyses. The design will be supported by flight experimentations for key technologies using the existing small scale demonstrator EOLE.
The 36-month ALTAIR project benefits from a solid and proven heritage, and gathers the experience of 8 partners from 6 countries (including industrial companies, research centres and a technical centre of a space agency), for a total EC contribution of 3.5 M€.

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 164 487,25

Participants (7)

BERTIN TECHNOLOGIES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 549 402,46
Address
Av Ampere, Parc Activ Pas Du Lac 10B
78180 Montigny Le Bretonneux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GTD SISTEMAS DE INFORMACION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 565 220,29
Address
Paseo Garcia Faria 17
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NAMMO RAUFOSS AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 280 467,50
Address
Enggata 37
2830 Raufoss
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 350 793,75
Address
Largo Angelo Fochetti 29
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 380 002,50
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SPACETEC PARTNERS SRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 213 375
Address
Avenue Louise 66
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)