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Dassault Rafale small-satellite launcher

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Dassault is studying a concept to use the Rafale fighter as a small-satellite launcher. You can read Robert Wall's story from Aviation Week here:

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/RAFALE110108.xml&headline=Dassault%20Pitches%20Rafale%20As%20Small%20Sat%20Launcher&channel=defense

The unusual aspect of this concept is splitting the launcher into three connected parts: the main element under the fuselage and the two solid rocket boosters under the wing.
 

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Hi all. Even less is known about Mirage-IV satellite launcher concept studies on which the highly dual MLA is based.

To the very best of my knowledge, four "old" study code names surfaced some of them very, very temporarily:

ECLAT, MILAN, ELSA, STRIZH*

* = swift

In their recent press release :

http://www.dassault-aviation.com/fr/aviation/presse/in-the-air/in-the-air-2008/un-rafale-lanceur-de-satellites.html?cHash=7d5391cba9

Dassault Aviation PIO only discusses "ECLAT" and "MILAN".

BTW, in 1994 another Antonov-based air launched series of concepts was studied by Dassault Aviation together with the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau. Code named TALISMAN, it was much bigger and similar to today's Air-Launch concept (worked out in the US as part of DARPA/USAF FALCON program).
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfmzVZOToBM
 

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Presentation on Aldebaran:
http://www.responsivespace.com/Papers/RS7/SESSIONS/SESSION%20I/1005_TALBOT/1005C.pdf
 

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Full version of the Aldebaran presentation, not only about Rafale launcher. Interesting things inside about proposed european launchers.

http://personal.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/T.Vladimirova/LectureSeries/slides2007_2008/CNES_Guest_Lecture_Surrey_9thSeptember2008.pdf
 

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Hmmm, so the plan is to have both the launch and tanker Rafales double as telemetry relay platforms.

What can be seen of the Aldebaran MLA (Trimaran configuration) stack in the video is also interesting.
 

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Hi;

Just found this engineering CAD-rendered image on Dassault's website. This seems to be the latest publicized configuration but that might be old stuff.

source: https://www.dassault-aviation.com/en/space/our-space-activities/aerospace-vehicles/mla-airborne-micro-launcher/

A.
 

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