Members of the FVA

Members of the FVA2019-07-04T17:51:23+02:00

Well-known figures on the Board of Directors: a strategy defined by experts

A Word from the President

“Nanosatellites have opened up a new space era where space engines are conceived and designed differently. Space has become accessible: first, to students, trained in the field, and second, to new industrialists, even those who are not from the space sector and who never thought about it. The Van Allen Foundation was created to draw together all the players, thereby demonstrating that such projects enable Montpellier University to supply skilled human resources, and that young students can learn excellence at university. Our ambition is to make Montpellier University Space Centre an international benchmark centre for nanosatellites.”  Michel COURTOIS, President oh the Van Allen Fondation

The Van Allen Foundation’s Board of Directors includes leading personalities from the top echelons of the international space sector who determine its nanosatellite development strategy.

  • Michel COURTOIS, President of the Van Allen Fondation, Former Director of CNES Toulouse and ESA/ESTEC, Member of the Technologies Academy
  • Jean-Jacques DORDAIN, Former Director of ESA
  • Charles ELACHI, Former Director of JPL/NASA (that sent the Curiosity robot to Mars)
  • Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, President of the Van Allen Foundation Campaign Committee, Former Minister
  • Thierry LEVEUGLE, Président de ThiReX Engineering
  • Franco ONGARO, Director of the ESA/ESTEC (European Space Agency)
  • Marc PIRCHER, Director of CNES Toulouse, Member of the Technologies Academy
  • Michel TOGNINI, French astronaut, Former Director of the ESA Astronauts Centre

Founder members

6th French university

Philippe AUGE, President :
“The Foundation is an indispensable networking tool, drawing together the University and the key industrial players. It pilots the 1st French University Space Centre and gives everyone an opportunity to contribute to the projects.”

World leader in 3D electronic components for space

Pierre MAURICE, CEO  :
“The creation of this Foundation specialised in nanosatellites, combined with the team’s dynamism, convinced us to take part in the scheme”

The world’s second largest space company

Bruno LE STRADIC, Head of products and engineering :
“Becoming a founder member extends our existing partnership with Montpellier University and demonstrates the strong commitment of Airbus Defence & Space to supporting innovative academic initiatives and promoting positive exchanges.”

The Expleo Group is distinguished by its high level of technical know-how and proven expertise in complex and critical systems

 Patrick Anglard, Chief Technology Officer of Expleo Group : “This partnership materializes our contribution to space research and more specifically to the innovation ecosystem related to the development of nanosatellites. We are also delighted by these strengthened links with future engineers trained by the University of Montpellier who will have to respond to the challenges of the new space.

Wolrd-class leader in interconnection systems for aeronautics ans space( 1st for avionics racks, 2nd for electrical harnesses, 1st in Europe for satellite wriring)

Denis BRETAGNOLLE, Président : “A win-win initiative: first, supporting and working alongside the teaching faculty and students in their innovative projects in the field of nanosatellites, and second, developing synergies through shared resources and expertise to harness innovation that develops our offer and consolidates our position as a major industrial player in the space industry.”

A recognized worlwide player in testability solutions and critical systems continuous improvement paving the way of predictive solutions

Christian DABASSE, CEO of the SPHEREA Group :
“SPHEREA functions like a hive to stay reactive and close to the markets, and to adapt to technological developments. Maintaining the network of skills developed by Van Allen allows us to unite our greatest strengths to reflect on and support the critical systems of tomorrow in new and different ways.”

Global spécialist in high-tech space and aeronautical systems including communications telemetry and instrumentation

Jean-Marie BETERMIER, President : “ZDS are committed to University – Business partnerships. Training young people is a real challenge in our sector, and it’s important to support this novel initiative that provides a framework for productive and profitable exchanges for all of us. What we appreciate most about the Foundation’s initiative is the pragmatism and engagement of all the players.”

Ambassadors / Fundraising Campaign Committee

A Word from the President
“The Van Allen Foundation needs the support of all us – entrepreneurs, decision-makers, opinion leaders, scientific experts – who like myself are committed to building a future for young people. A new French nanosatellite sector is up and running, providing new economic and job opportunities. The leading space agencies, industrial leaders and others have their eyes on France and Montpellier. We have to support this initiative together. Like us, give your support to the Van Allen Foundation.” Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, President of the Van Allen Foundation Fundraising Campaign Committee.

  • Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, President of the Van Allen Foundation Campaign Committee, Former Minister
  • Bernard BIGOT, CEO, ITER
  • Anne BONDIOU-CLERGERIE, Director “Affaires R&D, Espace et Environnement”, GIFAS
  • Christophe CARNIEL, PDG de VoGo
  • Jean-Paul HERTEMAN, Former CEO, Safran Group
  • Daniel KUNTH, Director of Recherche CNRS, Astrophysicist
  • Hubert REEVES, Astrophysicist

Members of the Partners Club of the Van Allen Foundation Partners Club

The Van Allen Foundation has created its own Partners Club, giving companies the opportunity to be part of an information and discussion network and support the nanosatellites of the 1st French University Space Centre. Businesses can join by sponsoring us (tax deductible), the fee is proportional to their turnover.

MAGELLIUM has recognised expertise in the field of software engineering and geographical information systems, digital geography, solutions for geographical data production, signal and image processing, and more. MAGELLIUM’s expertise was further strengthened when it became part of the Artal Group in 2016: with 300 top-level engineers, this alliance (between a geo-information and imaging expert and an industrial systems software specialist) transformed it into an ISE operating in the fields of image and sensitive data processing and systems engineering on behalf of the aeronautics, defence, space, energy and the environment sectors.  More information +

OCEASOFT is a global leader in smart, connected sensors for the life sciences and food processing industries as well as the environment (Industrial Internet of Things). By mastering three areas of expertise: sensors and calibration, wireless transmission and software platform development, the firm offers a comprehensive and verticalised service, ranging from sensors to fitting them in information systems. More information +

OMICRON has been developing and manufacturing electronic cards and systems since 1982.It specialises in manufacturing, from prototypes to mass production. OMICRON is an industrial partner drawing on a high-quality outsourcing service in electronics, cabling, CmS and EmS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) for the most demanding sectors (medical, nuclear, and military, etc.). More information +

SODITECH is an SME specialising in the integration of mechanical, thermal and electronic subassemblies for the space, research and defence sectors. For more than 25 years, SODITECH has offered leading industrial companies a full range of project management services, from the specification stage to integration. More information +
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