In the heart of the Occitanie/Pyrenees-Mediterranean Region, the capital of the space industry
With 2 major, complementary centres :
- Toulouse, the European space and satellite industry leader,
- Montpellier, the French leader for university-built nanosatellites
Source : CNES
Given Montpellier’s success, this initiative should serve as a model
The Montpellier University Space Centre (CSU) is proud to have initiated this drive and is working on new partnerships to assist fellow institutions in developing nanosatellites.
- New CSUs are being created in France: for example in Grenoble, Toulouse and Paris. Montpellier CSU is currently the only one to master every aspect of nanosatellite design technology, as it develops everything in-house. It is also the only one to date to have launched “French* nanosatellites” into orbit.
- Some schools and universities are also starting to design nanosatellites: examples include Marseilles, Brest, Lille and St Quentin..
- An increasing number of industrial companies are taking an interest in the market for nanosatellites.
*A nanosatellite, even one manufactured in France, must comply with all French legislation to be authorised by the French government to be sent into orbit (and declared a “French satellite”). For example, the French LOS Act on space debris for clean space exceeds the requirements of European law.