On September 7, 2019, at the CNES' Guyana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, the demonstrator EOLE has successfully performed an automatic flight with the release of an inert small-scale mock-up of the Altair rocket.
This successful flight concludes the last EOLE flight experiment campaign, whose objective was to flight-test the full carrier/launcher release sequence and associated systems (launcher avionics system, release mechanism).
Altair's flight experiments with EOLE are coordinated by ONERA and directly involve three other ALTAIR Partners (CNES, GTD and Piaggio Aerospace) and three SMEs (Aviation Design, LM Design and Nano-Rennes).
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.