Founder members & supporting institutions

Founder members

World leader in 3D electronic components for space
The world’s second largest space company
World-class leader in interconnection systems for aeronautics and space (1st for avionics rack, 2nd for electrical hernesses, 1st in Europe for satellite wiring)
A recognized worldwide player in testability solutions and critical systems continuous improvement paving the way of predictive solutions
Globally recognised specialist in high-tech space and aeronautical systems for airborne and ground telemetry and embedded information management

Supporting institutions

Institutional support to the funds Feder
The Region has been supporting us since the beginning of the adventure.
Institutional support of the National Center for Space Studies (Agence Spatiale Française)
Institutional support of the European Space Agency

Leading personalities on the Board of Directors: a strategy defined by experts

Leading personalities on the Board of Directors: a strategy defined by experts.

  • Michel COURTOIS, Président of the Van Allen Foundation, former Directeur of CNES Toulouse and l’ESA/ESTEC, Member of the Academy of Technologies.
  • Jean-Jacques DORDAIN, Former Director of ESA
  • Charles ELACHI, Former Director of JPL/NASA
  • Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, Former Minister, President of the Campaign Committee
  • Thierry LEVEUGLE, President of ThiReX Engineering
  • Franco ONGARO, Technical Director, ESA
  • Marc PIRCHER, Former Director of CNES Toulouse, Member of the Technologies Academy
  • Michel TOGNINI, French Astronaut, Former Director of ESA astronauts centre

Campaign Committee Ambassadors

  • Jean-Claude GAYSSOT, President of the Van Allen Foundation Campaign Committee, Former Minister
  • Bernard BIGOT, CEO d’ITER
  • Anne BONDIOU-CLERGERIE, Director “Affaires R&D, Espace et Environnement”, GIFAS
  • Christophe CARNIEL, CEO VoGo, President of LR Transfers
  • 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

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 +
OOCEASOFT 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 +
SODERN has been developing its expertise in cutting edge technology for over fifty years.The company is world renowned for its attitude sensors (star trackers and rendez-vous sensors, etc.), its high-tech space instruments (such as focal planes, cameras and seismometers), detection and analysis systems using neutron sources and its neutron instrumentation systems. SODERN pursues and policy of constant innovation to best meet the needs of its clients on a permanent basis.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 +

The Van Allen Foundation has a presence in the sector’s key networks

A global business cluster aimed at making the aeronautics, space and embedded systems sector in the two French regions of Occitanie and Nouvelle Aquitaine more competitive at the national, European and international levels. Aerospace Valley is a cluster of businesses, research institutes, training establishments and other institutions working in this sector.
An Occitanie-based business club, with nearly 90 member companies and institutions mainly from the space industry and related sectors and bodies. Its mission is to promote and respond to the needs of business entrepreneurs and managers in Toulouse and the surrounding region. Comprising very small businesses to large-scale groups in both industrial production and services, it covers numerous business sectors. Club Galaxy is headquartered in the influential Cité de l’Espace and contributes to its reputation.
French aeronautics and space industry federation