26 February 2018

Modeling & Scientific Computing

New developments in launch systems for small satellites with HADES V15.0

Bertin Technologies’ HADES V.15.0 software platform was showcased at two international conferences in 2017.

The 12th edition of the World Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (WCSMO12) took place from 5 to 9 June 2017 in Braunschweig (Germany). Bertin Technologies seized this opportunity to showcase its applied multi-disciplinary optimisation working methods with the HADES V15.0 software platform.

HADES is a generic and modular software platform designed for space launch vehicle pre-projects via the application of multi-disciplinary optimisation (MDO) techniques.

The HADES platform first took shape nearly ten years ago, designed based on specs developed with the CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, French space agency). Improvements have been made to the platform ever since. Bertin was able to apply MDO methods in several low cost space launch vehicle pre-projects, such as the ROXANE project.

Based on this work, in 2015 the European Commission decided to support the ALTAIR micro-launcher project as part of its Horizon 2020 programme. This three-year project focused on developing an airborne launch system designed to give access to space at lower cost, and is due to be completed by the end of 2018. The initiative is part of a Europe-wide strategy to enable European industrials to position themselves as key contributors to, and participants in, the ‘new space’ revolution.

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ALTAIR: a semi-reusable space transport system with an innovative launch vehicle


This software platform allows for modelling and simulating innovative launch systems by optimising both technological and financial aspects.

Cédric Dupont, Project Manager

The software platform draws on a number of different techniques such as experimental designs and genetic algorithms as part of a wider space exploration strategy and overall optimisation of launch systems. In addition, HADES V15.0 analyses the variables that have the greatest impact on costs and performance, and suggests the best possible compromises. The most relevant system architecture can then be chosen based on the project’s specific criteria. This predictive tool allows users to make the most suitable choices and reduces the margin of uncertainty right from the start of the pre-project stage - a good strategic move for clients.

HADES V15.0 is a high-potential tool for innovating and designing complex systems in all fields of business.

To find out more, read the article by Cédric Dupont, Andrea Tromba and Sophie Missonnier published by Springer or the article published at the EUCASS2017 conference.

More information about HADES