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

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€.

Coordinator

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

Address

Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 164 487,25

Participants (7)

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BERTIN TECHNOLOGIES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 549 402,46

GTD SISTEMAS DE INFORMACION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 565 220,29

NAMMO RAUFOSS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 280 467,50

PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 350 793,75

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES

France

EU Contribution

€ 380 002,50

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

SPACETEC PARTNERS SPRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 213 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 685963

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2015

  • End date

    30 November 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 275 671,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 503 748,75

Coordinated by:

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France