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Mobility Week for ISAE Students

actu semaine mobilite 2

Like every year, students from the ISAE group (SUPAERO, ENSMA, Ecole de l’Air) came together during Mobility Week. From 3rd to 6th April, more than 330 of them participated.

200 4th-year Aeronautics students from ESTACA attended classes taught in all of the Group ISAE programs. For its part, ESTACA welcomed around twenty students from SUPAERO, ENSMA and the Ecole de l’Air.

At the same time, 41 4th year students from the Space program and 70 students from other schools attended the Séminaire ESPACE organized at the Ecole de l’Air in Salon de Provence. The topic this year was “One Space, of Challenges”. Through conferences and round tables, they discovered the current and future challenges facing the space sector: an opportunity to debate and innovate during group workshops. Numerous excellent civilian and military speakers brought their experience and insights to these four days, rich in lessons and debate.

This week extends the teaching provided to students from the four schools and promotes exchange between students.

To Acquire Concrete Knowledge within the Industrial Worlds


One of the strengths of ESTACA is its proximity to companies. The goal is to enable all students acquire concrete knowledge in line with current issues in the industrial world. Corporate work experience, teachers mostly from the professional world, projects proposed by industry and site visits all contribute to providing training in the concrete challenges of the transport industry.

To understand the reality of an engineer’s job from the inside, the School organises classes within companies, and specifically for 5th-year students who spend a week in Toulouse. On 22nd March last, it was 3rd-year students from the Paris-Saclay campus who spent half a day visiting industrial sites. Thirteen companies hosted small groups: Alstom, RATP Dev, Valeo (2 sites), la DGA (French Army), Hutchinson, Sogeti High Tech, Sopra Steria, G2métric, FEV, Airbus Defence and Space, Heli-Union, ADP/AFMAE and ONERA.

These visits were an opportunity to discover how companies operate and the latest innovations they are working on. The companies opened the doors of their laboratories, research centres, aerodromes, wind tunnels, Digital’Labs, virtual reality rooms, etc., providing a concrete addition to notions learned in class. The visits are also an opportunity to exchange directly with professionals through the presentation of various engineering jobs, recruitment opportunities and work experience and to see examples of the careers of former ESTACA graduates working in these companies.

This year, site visits were offered to 3rd and 4th-year students from both ESTACA campus, thanks to the support from our partner companies and the investment of their teams organising these events.

Heartfelt thanks to them all!

An ESTACKATHON to create a “use case” and a prototype of a vehicle of the future

ESTACKATHON Winner Prototype

This year, SiERA, ESTACA’s electronics and robotics association, organised the first ESTACKATHON open to all students. The goal: to create a “use case” and a prototype of a vehicle of the future from a miniature (about 10 cm), Arduino electronic cards, motors and sensors.

Four teams of students from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th years competed over four hours, drawing on their programming skills. They had access to the School’s FabLab and worked in project mode supervised by a SiERA member.

The FabLab manager was also available to help students use the various tools (welding units for electronic circuits, electronic prototyping kits, printer circuit engravers, oscilloscopes, etc.). The winning team designed a car with an obstacle-avoidance system.

Martin Pâques, 4th-year student and president of SiERA spoke about the ESTACKATHON: "Personally, I have participated in several hackathons and I wanted to share my experience in ESTACA. It was a real satisfaction to see other students appreciate the experience as much as I did!

SiERA made the most of this event to promote programming and remove the stereotypes associated with this discipline. We hope that this first hackathon will open the door to new projects in cooperation with ESTACA’s partner companies."