The Van Allen Foundation, accompanied by the French space agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA)

Monday, July 8, 2013 5:30:00 PM

Since 2006, at the University of Montpellier 2 (France), students, researchers and industrials work together on national and international projects of student-built nanosatellites. Two lines of products are developed : cubesats and triple-cubesats. An economic and quick way for both technological demonstration in orbit  - now possible thanks to the components miniaturization - and training of future engineers. To ensure this activity, this university has launched last year the Van Allen Foundation, with missions of development, promotion and fund collect.  Among its board of directors, some of the best known figures in the international space industry led together the strategy : Franco ONGARO (ESA CTO), Marc PIRCHER (Director of Toulouse Space Centre (CNES) and Member of the Academy of Technologies) , Michel TOGNINI (French astronaut, former Director of ESA’s Astronaut Centre), and the Foundation President Michel Courtois (Former Director of CNES Toulouse and ESA CTO, Member of the Academy of Technologies). No doubt that the results already reached, such as the1st French student-built nanosatellite sent in orbit or international collaborations, are only the beginning of a large range of innovation ways for the entire sector.

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