MLA (Airborne Micro Launcher)

Benefits of airborne launch led Dassault Aviation to study a micro launcher, borne by a combat aircraft.

Two versions have been considered, all using an operational Rafale as carrier aircraft:

  • A “single body linear version” (a solid propellant stage and a liquid propellant stage) to launch 75 kg in low Earth orbit;
  • “Trimaran version” (one central body and two solid propellant first stage boosters) to launch microsatellites up to 150 kg into an 800 km sun synchronous orbit.

The MLA would constitute a responsive launch system well adapted to “Defense and Security” needs.