ALTAIR consortium

The ALTAIR consortium is composed of leading European research entities and companies with key competences on aerospace vehicles, ground and on-board systems for launchers and spacecraft and rocket motors. 

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ONERA is a public, scientific and technical establishment with both industrial and commercial responsibilities. The expertise of ONERA covers all the scientific disciplines involved in the design of all types of aerospace vehicle (aircraft, spacecraft, launcher and missile design), including system design and optimization, aerodynamics and GNC.


Bertin Technologies is a French company subsidiary of the group CNIM with workforce of more than 500 employees, mostly engineers, scientist and PhDs, and turnover greater than 60 M€ per year. Bertin Technologies operates in research and high technology development and provides innovation services and consulting for Space, Defence, Energy and Life Science markets.


With over 20 years' experience working alongside major contractors in the space sector, GTD has unique know-how in delivering ground and on-board systems for space programs. GTD is specialized in: (i) the engineering of ground segment systems for launchers and spacecraft, (ii) the industrialization process for the designed solutions, (iii) the engineering of on-board software, including methods, tools and standards for the design, development and verification, (iv) the independent verification and validation of the critical software, (v) the engineering of new electronic systems and avionics architecture dedicated to space and aeronautic segments.


Headquartered in Norway, the Nammo Group is a technology driven aerospace and defence group specializing in high end products. The core business is the development, production, and sales of military and sports ammunition, shoulder fired weapon systems, rocket motors for military and space applications, and global services for environmentally friendly demilitarization. The Nammo Group is present in 9 countries on 3 continents through fully owned subsidiaries, representing an overall workforce of 2.200 employees, in 21 production sites and with a global turnover of 420 M€.


Piaggio Aerospace is active in the design, manufacturing and support of business jets and patrol aircraft, unmanned aircraft and aeronautic high technology engines. Piaggio Aerospace operates in both civil and Defence & Security markets. Piaggio is a leading player in the market of business aviation, thanks to its flagship product, the P180 EVO, the third generation of the most efficient and performing turboprop business jet, entirely designed, developed and manufactured in Italy. Avanti EVO obtained the certification by ENAC for EASA and by FAA.


CNES is the French Space agency. CNES/DSP hosts the strategic and programmatic side of activities, which is typical work of Space Agencies. CNES specificity relies on the 3 technical centres, dealing with Orbital Systems (CNES/DCT), with Launchers (CNES/DLA), and operating the launch base in Guyana (CNES/CSG).

ETH Zurich (CH)

ETH Zurich ( is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice. The Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures (CMASLab, is affiliated to the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich. Research is focused on design, modelling and fabrication of adaptive material systems and composites structures for application in lightweight systems. Approach combines experimental techniques, analytical and numerical methods to understand, simulate and verify the physical behaviour of the developed solutions.

SpaceTec Partners (BE)

SpaceTec Partners SPRL was founded in April 2011 as a fully-owned subsidiary of SpaceTec Capital Partners, a Munich-based consultancy founded in 2007. The two offices in Munich and Brussels are managed in an integrated way with a total of 15 consultants and several part-time experts advising national and European institutions (European Commission, GSA, European Parliament, ESA, national ministries and agencies) on space-related topics. Both companies offer consulting services under the group’s consulting brand “SpaceTec Partners”. In the areas of consulting the content focus lies on Space Systems and Satellite Navigation, Satellite Communications, Earth Observation and Geo-information activities as well as Integrated Applications.


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.