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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visits the SMILE Project

Oct 05
On October the 5th 2016 the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was invited by NLR. The Prime Minister was informed on the current status of the SMILE Project. Mister Arnoud van Kleef gave an overview on the current design of the new innovative launcher for Europe.

Announcement of the SMILE launcher at the European Space Solutions Conference

May 31
By Collin Beers, division manager of Aerospace Vehicles of NLR, Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Member of European Parliament and co-rapporteur Space.

Start of design for concept SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe (SMILE)

May 31
Small satellites launcher targets independent access to space for Europe The Hague, 31 May 2016 - The 'Small Innovative Launcher for Europe' (SMILE), a European Union Horizon 2020 project, was officially launched by Mrs Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Member of European Parliament and co-rapporteur Space, and Mr Collin Beers, division manager of Aerospace Vehicles of NLR-Netherlands Aerospace Centre, at the European Space Solutions conference in The Hague.  The objectives of the SMILE project are to design a concept for an innovative, cost-effective European launcher