Members of the FVA2021-04-07T09:39:17+02:00

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

Arnaud DE ROSNAY, Engineering Space Systems Director of Airbus Defence & Space


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

Madhana KUMAR, Chief Transformation & Strategy Officer

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

Nicolas WUYAM, President : “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.”

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

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

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.

  •     Philippe ADELL, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nasa
  •     Jean-Louis FELLOUS, former COSPAR Director
  •     Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, former Minister, Port President of Sète
  •     Philippe LATTES, Delegate in charge of Space Affairs, Aerospace Valley Pole
  •     Martin GIARD, Scientific Delegate in charge of Space Affairs, CNRS INSU
  •     François ROCARIES, Scientific Director, F’SATI
  •     Frédéric TESTON, ESA/ESTEC Systems Department Director
  •     Michel TOGNINI, French Astronaut, former Director of the ESA astronaut’s center

The Representatives of the University of Montpellier

The Van Allen Foundation also brings together various representatives from the University of Montpellier.

  •  Jacques MERCIER, Vice President in charge of the Research
  •  François PIERROT, Vice President in charge of Valorization and Industrial Partnerships
  •  Serge PRAVOSSOUDOVITCH, Professor, Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics and Microelectronics of Montpellier (LIRMM)
  •  Benoît HEINTZ, CSUM Studies Engineer
  •  Nabil BOUREGHDA, IUT of Nîmes Technician
  •  Julien AVERSENG, Lecturer, Mechanics and Civil Engineering Laboratory (LMGC)
  •  Philippe COMBETTE, Professor, Institute of Electronics and Systems (IES)
  •  Jean-Pierre HABAS, Professor, Institute Charles Gerhardt (ICG)
  •  Eric NATIVEL, Lecturer, Institute of Electronics and Systems (IES)
  •  Denis PUY, Professor, Montpellier Universe and Particles Laboratory (LUPM)
  •  Lionel TORRES, Professor, Polytech Director

Ambassadors / Fundraising Campaign Committee

  • Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, Fondation Van Allen President, former Minister
  • Bernard BIGOT, ITER General Director
  • Anne BONDIOU-CLERGERIE, R&D Affairs Director, GIFAS Space and Environment
  • Christophe CARNIEL, VoGo General Diector
  • Jean-Paul HERTEMAN, former Safran Group General Director
  • Daniel KUNTH, CNRS Research Director, 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.

ANYWAVES, CNES (French Space Agency) spin off created in 2017, develops revolutionary antennas for the satellites constellations market .

Based on a breakthrough technology and an expert team , ANYWAVES designs and manufactures according to space standards a new generation of high quality antennas , on demand or off-the-shelf . Unique European « pure player » antenna equipment manufacturer, ANYWAVES has tripled its work force within two years, put five of its products into orbit since its inception, sold more than 60 antennas and reached a 1-million euro turn-over in 2020 . Based in Toulouse (France), the European Space capital, the company aims to become the leader of miniature antennas for critical systems .

ANYWAVES is also one of the founding members of Newspace Factory , a collective hub of companies from the Aerospace Valley cluster which gathers 12 very talented French SMEs and through focused export activities aims to support the development of the New Space market and to stimulate growth of the industrial sector .

CLIX INDUSTRIES  is an expert in bonding assembly. We carry out feasibility and validation studies of your assemblies and then we ensure the production of them, from the small to the large series. Our customers are in a wide variety of sectors such as space, aeronautics, transport, electronics, military and many more.

Our design office also accompanies customers on the design of products in order to make the most of the collage and to take advantage of the advantages it can bring: structural hold, sealing, game catching, mass gain, space saving, insulation or electrical conduction, insulation or thermal conduction and even combinations of these different functions.

We have invested in many state-of-the-art equipment: clean rooms, robotic cells, oven, vacuum enclosure, etc. Our staff is trained in the special process requirements of gluing and we are EN9100 certified.

The company MECANIQUE LAURENT produces machined components, prototypes or small series, for contractors and equipment manufacturers of aerospace. In addition to its responsiveness and good understanding of the requirements of this sector, our company has experience in the machining of alloys of different grades, and can support you in the development of your mechanical components.


NIMESIS Technology, is an expert in shape memory alloys. This cutting-edge technology is at the heart of its range of space actuators. Lightweight and compact, these products offer high performance, while adapting from the smallest to the largest satellites. Through its modern industrial park and competent teams, Nimesis Technology is constantly innovating to meet the high demands of the space industry.

Nimesis Technology also covers other sectors (aeronautics, medical, nuclear, watchmaking, etc.) by offering various intelligent devices, such as thermal safeties or precision tools.


Established in 1999 , PLUG IN is nowadays considered as a reference in terms of design and manufacturing of HERMETIC FEEDTHROUGHS dedicated to environmental testing under vacuum , and more generaly everywhere there are two different environments ( liquids or gases ) . Our concept is based on an original space qualified epoxy compound , offering reactivity , reliability , flexibility and high hermeticity . Then we can seal almost any type of connector ( signal , power , high voltage , RF , networks ,..) or cable ( high voltage , power , thermocouples, …)

Rakon makes quartz based crystal oscillators including MEMS resonators (XMEMSTM) for frequency and timing synchronisation and is now designing and manufacturing communication equipment, enabling connectivity in a wide range of markets including Telecommunications, Space, Defense and Global Positioning.

SDR-Technologies develops « radio sensors » for radiocommunication applications, critical infrastructure monitoring and spectrum management. The team also offers engineering services for software and hardware.

In 2020, the company started to work on a new product line dedicated to space radiocommunications to simplify the ground-segment infrastructure. These tools are developed to enable a full remote control and dynamic reconfiguration to handle multiple datalinks simultaneously.

For 20 years SYMETRIE  has been designing and producing high-precision mechanical systems. She specializes in hexapods, mechanical systems with parallel kinematics used to position or move an object in space according to 6 degrees of freedom, with high precision, resolution and rigidity.

These precision positioning systems are used in many industries at national, European and global level. In space they are used for example to test samples on beam lines, mirrors of satellites or telescopes, or to qualify tools.

TRAD Tests & Radiations provides advanced services and a unique expertise to assist companies in predicting and minimizing radiation effects on their products and systems. Our space engineering experts operate as much in the field of radiation protection as in the study of systems behavior in a space environment


UIMM Méditerranée Ouest represents and federates industrial and technological companies of all sizes and sectors of activity in the territory. The metallurgy collective agreement includes, in particular, on the territory, the sectors of medical, mechanical, space, electronics, energy, etc. Its mission is to promote and develop the industry and to support industrial companies and their leaders, in particular through its legal service, HR, financal service, its industrial FabLab and its Training Center. Each year, UIMM Occitanie LR Training Center trains more than 650 young learners in industry trades (CAP, BAC Pro, BTS and Licenses) and more than 1,500 industry collaborators.

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