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Maiden flight for Éole (Aeolus) at the CSG.

 

 

 

This reduced model is expected to provide aerodynamic data for the Altaïr project, aimed at providing low-cost launches in ultra-light and light payloads range. 

Concepts:

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With the imminent end of the Pegasus program, and the cancellation of Stratolaunch, the only competitor in this sector would be LauncherOne.

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Either I'm just out of the loop, or this certainly came out of nowhere!

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2 hours ago, Ultimate Steve said:

Either I'm just out of the loop, or this certainly came out of nowhere!

though it should be noted that this is just a fancy looking rc plane, not sure what this test accomplished that couldnt be done outside of a wind tunnel.

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7 hours ago, insert_name said:

not sure what this test accomplished that couldnt be done outside of a wind tunnel

 

Oh, it is well known at the CNES that taxes subsidize this kind of research,so... WhY nOt, DuH?  When you know the country still got the largest wind tunnel in the world...

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On 9/6/2019 at 11:14 AM, StrandedonEarth said:

I thought the same thing, and with apologies to Rob Zombie, I’d say it’s more Kerbal than Kerbal....

He was quoting Blade Runner. :wink:

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