The ALTAIR Milestone 3 meeting took place on Thursday the 6th and Friday 7th of October at the prestigious ETH university in Zurich. The first day was devoted to a technical work meeting and discussions of the technical elements of the project between the members of the Consortium, as a conclusion to the first design loop. Good progress was made in terms of the technical designs of the different parts of the ALTAIR launch system (carrier, launcher and ground segment). All the Partners of the Consortium gave a detailed analysis of their work so far on the project while welcoming improvements and suggestions from each other. Some critical design points were further solidified showing the continued overall progress on the project.
The second day was assigned to the Conceptual Design Review, whose goal was to validate the results and approach before starting the second phase of the project. This review has been done in the presence of the EU Programme Officer and Experts who were pivotal in helping point out key areas of development for the upcoming 6 months and gave their opinions from a birds-eye perspective helping point out strengths, weaknesses and differentiating factors for the project.
The Consortium has some hard work coming up over the next months to further drive the project towards a second design phase which will last 14 months. We look forward to bringing you further developments about the ALTAIR project soon.
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PROJECT KEY POINTS
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.