Horizon Europe project
SALTO - reuSable strAtegic space Launcher Technologies & Operations
The aim of the SALTO project
The SALTO aims to raise the maturity level of the first European reusable rocket technology, significantly reduce launch costs, ensure improvements in the environmental footprint and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in strategic space missions.
Facts about SALTO
SALTO project will test vertical landing of a reusable launcher stage prototype
SALTO will perform, for the first time in Europe, fly / recover / re-fly cycles of a reusable rocket first-stage demonstrator.
The SALTO project aims to validate the landing phase, which is particularly complex but essential in order to be able to recover a launcher. Two test campaigns will be conducted in Kiruna, Sweden.
Reusability test facility at Esrange Space Center
The Esrange Space Center is located in the very north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle (68°N, 21°E), 40 km East from the town Kiruna. On January 13, the new launch complex, dedicated testing area has been allocated for the SALTO hop test campaigns.
The Horizon Europe project SALTO brings together an innovative European consortium of 25 partners and 1 affiliated entity, involving Large System integrators, research institutes and start-ups/SMEs from 12 Member States.