WHAT WE DO

CONSTRUCTING AND RUNNING A NETWORK

Our nanosatellite network

The Van Allen Foundation, in addition to its role in the governance of CSUM projects and fundraising through partnership, has a mission to promote university nanosatellite activities, both within the space community and to the general public.

It also has a role to develop partnerships and collaborations on technical topics, training and economic development.

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What ‘The Partners’ Club’ does

Flèche  Organisation of special meetings between founder members and members of the Partners’ Club.

Flèche  Priority access to the CSUM for discussions leading to technical collaborations and/or exchange of technology/know-how.

Flèche  Priority access to select interns and new recruits among “LPRO Assembly, Integration and Testing” graduates and Graduate School of Engineering “Development of space systems” Masters’ students from the University of Montpellier.

Organisation of Technical Workshops

Workshop scheduled for 2022 with the winners of the Van Allen Foundation Call for Ideas

Workshop Nanospace 2018

Co-organised by the Van Allen Foundation, the CNES, the AEROSPACE VALLEY centre of excellence, and the Toulouse University Space Centre of Toulouse (CSUT)
International workshop organised as part of the Toulouse Space Show.

Workshop with OPTITEC 2016

“The CONQUEST OF NEWSPACE: micro and nano-satellites – Photonics and Imaging”, co-organised by the Van Allen Foundation and the OPTITEC innovation hub

Presence at promotional events

International Air and Space Show, Bourget
The International Air and Space Show, Bourget (SIAE) is one of the largest international aeronautical and space equipment exhibitions.

The Van Allen Foundation had a stand at the show in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
During the 2019 fair, Thomas Pesquet announced the launch of the 3rd nanosatellite from the Montpellier University Space Centre: MTCube.

Salon du Littoral – Mediterranean challenges
During the 2020 Salon du Littoral, the Van Allen Foundation organised a conference attended by Ms Annick GIRARDIN, Minister of Marine Affairs, and Mr Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, President of the Foundation, which resulted in the signing of a partnership agreement.

In 2021, the Van Allen Foundation participated in the Salon du Littoral and demonstrated its concern for the environment through three initiatives: on the detection of plastic waste in the Mediterranean, the improvement of meteorological modelling for forecasting Cévenol events and a joint commitment to lasting cooperation with the Principality of Monaco.

Other Events

CNES Journée Innovation Logo Perspectives Spatiales 2019 Logo Toulouse Space Show       Logo Industry Space Days 2020      Logo Paris Space Week

Development of partnerships

The Van Allen Foundation’s membership of national and international networks puts it right at the heart of space information exchange.

Member of GIFAS
French Aeronautical and Space Industries Group. GIFAS is the organisation representing the French aeronautics and space sector.

Member of the ASTECH hub
A Paris aerospace hub which aims to grow the Île-de-France region as a European leader in the Space Launch, Business Aviation, Propulsion and Equipment industry sectors through innovation.

Member of AEROSPACE VALLEY
Aerospace Valley is the world’s leading aerospace centre of excellence, serving the three strategic sectors of Aeronautics, Space and Drones, in the Occitanie/Pyrénées- Méditerranée and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions. Ranked in the top three global centres of excellence, it supports cooperative R&D projects and companies in the sector. Its mission is to foster innovation in support of the development of its members to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Member of CLUB GALAXIE
A business association in Occitanie, with nearly 90 companies and institutions, mainly in the sphere of space and all related sectors. Its purpose is to serve the needs and work for the good of entrepreneurs & managers in and around Toulouse. It brings together micro enterprises, SMEs and large industry and service bodies, and covers many professional sectors. The CLUB GALAXIE contributes to the influence of the Cité de l’Espace, where its headquarters are located.

Other partnerships

Flèche Development of a collaboration with the Principality of Monaco

Flèche Campus des Métiers et des qualifications Aéronautique et Spatial, Occitanie
A partnership agreement is being signed.

Organization and participation
in public conferences

Every year, the Van Allen Foundation organises a public conference with prestigious guests:

Eric DE SAINTIGNON,
Airbus, former Director of Operations, OneWeb Satellites

SATELLITE CONSTELLATIONS AND PLANETARY TRAVEL

Claudie HAIGNERÉ,
Former Minister, ESA Astronaut

SPACE, MANNED FLIGHTS

Daniel KUNTH,
CNRS Research Director, Astrophysicist

THE PROXIMA MISSION AND THE EYES OF THE EARTH

Yves LANGEVIN,
Planetary Scientist, Institute of Space Astrophysics

SATELLITE CONSTELLATIONS AND PLANETARY TRAVEL

Pascal LECOMTE,
Former Head of ESA Climate Office, Science, Applications & Future technologies Department

Sylvestre MAURICE,
Astrophysicist at the Toulouse Institute for Research in Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Astronomer at the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory, jointly responsible for ChemCam on Curiosity

Thomas PESQUET,
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut

THE PROXIMA MISSION AND THE EYES OF THE EARTH

Hubert REEVES,
Astrophysicist, Founder of  “La Nuit des Etoiles”

SPACE CONQUEST AND NANOSATELLITE ACTIVITIES

Michel TOGNINI,
French astronaut, Former Director of the ESA Astronaut Centre

SPACE, MANNED FLIGHTS

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