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Spatial Engineer

The French and European space programmes are economically and strategically important for the future: the development of access to space, with applications such as Earth observation or telecommunications, activities related to research in a zero-gravity environment, the presence of man in space, the continuation of development of the large families of satellites such as Spot, development of mini and micro-satellites, preparation of various interplanetary probes and the missions to Mars, all of these are subjects that are currently being developed. Becoming an engineer in the space sector means working on the construction of launchers, spacecraft (satellites, probes, shuttles, orbital stations) and thrusters, and also taking part in the launch and operation of satellites.

Specialised training and privileged contact with companies

more than 400 hours of courses are provided by engineers from CNES, EADS, ONERA, ArianeSpace, the SAFRAN Group, etc.

at least 4 implementation projects are performed during the curriculum, for example:

  • launcher architecture design office;
  • calculation of the performance of the force provided by different propellants;
  • dimensioning satellites for particular missions; programme for launch into orbit

12 months of work-experience courses obligatory:

  • Discovering the company course in 1st year at EADS Astrium: management of documentation and nomenclature;
  • Engineer's work-experience course in 4th year" at CNES: research into the characteristics of Martian soil from information collected during a mission to Mars;
  • End-of-studies work-experience course in 5th year at EADS Space Transportation (Astrium): research into new architectures for navigation systems for development of the control of launchers.

visits to sites and conferences: CNES at Toulouse, SAFRAN at Vernon (rocket engines), etc.

An association for expressing your interests

The rocket clubESO (ESTACA Space Odyssey) designs, builds and launches experimental rockets, mini-rockets and stratospheric balloons with the logistical and methodological support of the "Planète Sciences" Association. These launches take place during campaigns performed at the initiative of the national centre for space studies (CNES).

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