SALTO is a Belgian project aiming to build a complete 1 m telescope demonstrator including a single-conjugated adaptive optics (AO) system together with a Rayleigh laser guide star system. The underlying objective of SALTO consists in developing the Belgian expertise regarding AO systems for medium size telescopes (i.e. diameter from 1 to 4m), for application in astronomy, optical communication or detection of low-Earth orbit objects. The project approach is to base the design on COTS components, in order to reduce complexity, and to favor both robustness and automation of the system over performance. The SALTO demonstrator will be located at Redu Space Services in the Belgian countryside. Therefore the major challenge of the project will be to deal with poor seeing, far worst than astronomical standards, while preserving robust and reasonable correction in the red-visible and near-infrared wavelength range. Here, we present our system baseline, the expected performance, and the preliminary design of the AO system. We conclude with the current prospects for the project.