EOLE - unmanned aerial launch platform

This is a scaled model for Eole, a french project under CNES on developing an unmanned aerial platform for launching rockets. This scaled model (1/2.2) is evaluating the flight dynamics and by next year rocket launches will take place in a specialized facility by the full version. It will be fully autonomous apart from the take-off and landing and it will operate within a 30km range. It looks like Scaled Composites White Knight 1 but it is much smaller.



More info :

project website (in French): Présentation EOLE

Eole aerial launch platform - CNES, Perseus


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Comment by Laurent Michelet on June 22, 2011 at 9:29am


Project made with collaboration of a well-known french jet modeller, Eric Rantet, owner of Aviation Design (www.adjets.com). He is also working for Dassault on futuristics drones...

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on June 22, 2011 at 10:53am
Very demanding projct concerning the propulsion and fuselage joining. I am jealous that relatively small group of ppl get  funding in France for such a project.
Comment by IKE on June 22, 2011 at 2:49pm

Laurent that's how I found this project, through http://www.adjets.com . Their work is stunning.

Aviation Design is mentioned in both links above.


Do you have any relation to this project or with adjets?

Comment by Laurent Michelet on June 22, 2011 at 3:10pm
Not really.. i'm just the publisher/editor of the french aeromodelling magazine RC Pilot (www.rcpilot-online.com) and Eric is a friend of mine ;o)
Comment by bGatti on June 24, 2011 at 6:29am
Hey - that's original.


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