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ESTACA and the CEA List* have announced the creation of a Common Research Team (ERC) in Engineering, directed by the Models for Transport Systems (MOST). This team’s research looks at evaluating, designing, analysing and optimising the hardware/software architectures of transport systems. For example, some of the research looks at the development of new analyses based on the models, including extra-functional properties such as energy consumption and reliability. This work will find applications in a variety of transport systems (automobile, rail, aeronautics and space). Examples are driver-assistance and self-driving systems, automatic rail or aeronautic piloting systems, and drones.

The new team is comprised of four scientists from the CEA List and four from ESTACA LAB, and will be sharing their resources: experiment platforms and modelling, analysis and simulation tools. The CEA List will be providing expertise in complex model engineering and ESTACA will be contributing its expertise in transport and the optimisation of onboard systems.

This partnership meets strong industrial demand for expertise, which is lacking today, in transport system modelling. It will also cultivate scientific excellence through jointly-managed theses and contributions to French and international calls for projects.

Finally, the team is also looking to develop an “initial training” section on CEA List model-based engineering tools (Papyrus and its specialisations), either by including it for 5th-year students as an Onboard Systems option, or by jointly managing student projects across several years.

Based on the Paris-Saclay campus, close to the leading digital organisations in the region, this team will help ESTACA to make its mark in the region.

*About the CEA LIST: Based in Saclay, the List is an institute in CEA Tech, the technological research department of the CEA. It conducts technological research into intelligent digital systems. Labelled “Institut Carnot Technologies numériques@Université Paris-Saclay (TN@UPSaclay)”, it contributes to the development of corporate competitiveness. In the Paris region, the List brings together almost 800 scientists, engineers and technicians on issues of considerable economic and social importance.



Whether they are in France or abroad, in a start-up or a major company, in rail or aeronautics, internships at ESTACA are as varied as the subjects on offer. They are an integral part of courses and are spread over 1st to 5th years, totalling at least twelve months of corporate experience. Here is an example of some of the internships demonstrating the opportunities on offer at ESTACA…

In Japan, the RTRI (Railway Technical Research Institute) will be welcoming several interns in the field of structure, signalling and risk prevention. Students in the aerospace option will be joining the CNES, specifically mechatronics, on a project to install an “autonomous Martian Mini Rover”. Marianne will be flying to Honolulu for an internship in Astronomy at the university of Hawaii.

Airbus, Air France, Dassault, Safran, Zodiac Aerospace and plenty of other aeronautical companies recruit our students to work on technical issues but also on cross-disciplinary subjects such as quality, purchasing, production methods, etc.

A new Summer Program in aeronautics at ESTACA!


This summer, ESTACA is launching a new summer university devoted to fluid dynamics modelling tools for aeronautics. This one-month programme, entirely in English, entitled CFD Applications in Aeronautical Engineering aims at teaching student how to manipulate CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) tools to understand and plan future aeronautics systems.

Designed specifically for international and French students with a 3-year degree in engineering or the sciences, the course includes academic sessions but also conferences and industrial visits. Taught by professors and teachers from industry, students will be working in a multicultural environment from July 3rd to 28th.

Post-Master Degree Aeronautical Operations and Maintenance : apply now!

vignette AOM fev2017 GBESTACA offers a new Post-Master Degree program in Aeronautical Operations and Maintenance that applies to Airline, MRO operators, Airport operators Aeronautical logistic and air manufacturing companies. The aim of this one-year program is to offer students the means to understand the organization and the economy of the air transport industry.

They will be in close contact with our partners Air France (Airline & MRO), Airbus Group, ADP (Aéroports de Paris), Zodiac Aerospace, so they will be able to apply their theoretical knowledge directly to real cases.

The Air Rules are the cornerstone of this course and are studied with different approaches. The program is teached in english on our Paris-Saclay Campus in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

Wants to know more about the program ? Don't miss the live interview on March, 9th 2017 on Campus Channel. Can not make it ... a replay will be available after the live event.

More informations on the program page

International Astronautics Congress: four ESTACA students honoured


At the end of September, a delegation of 5th-year students attended the 67th International Aeronautics Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Among them, Pierre Foullon and Pierre Plévin, young entrepreneurs who developed aquaponics (1), presented a version of their project to colonize the planet Mars. Success was on the cards as they were supported by the French Aeronautical Astronautical Association (AAAF) and participated in the Student Competition. Perhaps a future avenue for development of the young start-up company Selfeden?

In another symposium, Aurore Piazza and Arthur Descamps presented the XCube concept to the international community. Developed by Arthur in 2015 at the occasion of his one-year internship at the NASA Ames research centre in California, XCube uses the CubeSat standard and adapts it to on-board experiments. Their team, comprised of 7 students from ESTACA’s Space option, used their 5th-year project to design and build the first demonstrator, before flying off to Moffetfield to present it to NASA. The prototype designed to be carried on the research centre’s drones, includes several features sought after in the field: imaging, flight environment analysis and analysis of air composition. Feedback from the international community was encouraging, especially regarding complete low-cost engineering problem solving.

The dynamic of ESTACA students at IAC since 2013 makes the French school one of the best represented at this major congress. This strengthens its strategic position within the sector and confirms its international reputation. Industrialists and organisations showed a keen interest in their careers, highlighting projects, practicality and knowledge of the industry.

(1) Aquaponics is a culture technique associated with permaculture based on a fish-farm ecosystem that produces quality plants and fish while at the same time saving 90% of the water used in traditional growing methods.

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